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#DR Congo

# dr-congo - Monday 23 January, 2017

From The42 Togo fans attack player's home after Cup loss Violence

Togo fans attack player's home after Cup loss

The 38-year-old was blamed by Togolese fans for his role in the 3-1 defeat to Morocco.

# dr-congo - Saturday 25 June, 2016

74 militia members arrested over mass rapes in DR Congo

The country’s justice minister said the group’s leader told them they had to rape very young girls to be assured of supernatural protection.

# dr-congo - Monday 21 March, 2016

Former DR Congo warlord found guilty of deliberate campaign of rape and murder

The International Criminal Court has convicted Jean-Pierre Bemba on five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

# dr-congo - Tuesday 19 January, 2016

'This is what we die for': children put in danger for smartphones

The human rights organisation has accused Apple and Samsung, among others, of failing to ensure that cobalt mined by child labourers has not been used in their products.

# dr-congo - Wednesday 4 February, 2015

From The42 Yaya Toure almost broke the net as Ivory Coast progressed to the AFCON final today Power

Yaya Toure almost broke the net as Ivory Coast progressed to the AFCON final today

Goals from Yaya Toure and Gervinho helped the Ivorians beat DR Congo 3-1.

# dr-congo - Friday 16 January, 2015

From The42 DR Congo will be wearing O'Neills jerseys at the African Cup of Nations Buy Irish

DR Congo will be wearing O'Neills jerseys at the African Cup of Nations

We know who we’ll be supporting!

# dr-congo - Tuesday 6 January, 2015

75-year-old missionary "stable" after being shot in DR Congo

Maud Kells, from Cookstown, was attacked by raiders at her rainforest home. She was shot twice, and wounded in her shoulder.

# dr-congo - Saturday 15 November, 2014

After a three month battle, DR Congo is now Ebola free

The country’s health minister said this does not mean they are completely out of danger.

# dr-congo - Thursday 30 October, 2014

From The42 Stephen Keshi to return as Nigeria boss two weeks after being sacked Turnaround

Stephen Keshi to return as Nigeria boss two weeks after being sacked

The team has a lot of work to do to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

# dr-congo - Saturday 17 August, 2013

82 child soldiers rescued from militia in DR Congo

The children, some as young as eight-years-old, were recruited by the group over the last six months.

# dr-congo - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

Column: 'Sleeping sickness' is devastating small African communities – I need to show them they're not forgotten

Barrie Rooney, a biomedical analyst from Co Leitrim, explains what motivates her to travel to remote areas of Africa to treat patients suffering from sleeping sickness – and how her Irish culture helps her connect with the people she helps.

# dr-congo - Friday 8 March, 2013

Ireland announces €3.8m in funding for UN agencies and NGOs in Congo

Seven million people have died as a result of war in DR Congo since 1998 – making it the one of the deadliest conflicts since World War II, said the Minister for Trade and Development.

# dr-congo - Monday 4 March, 2013

80 killed in DR Congo clash: UN DRC

80 killed in DR Congo clash: UN

A rebel militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo has seized control of an eastern town after days of fighting that have left more than 80 people dead, the UN has confirmed.

# dr-congo - Friday 22 February, 2013

11 countries to sign DR Congo peace accord: UN

Eleven African countries have been invited to sign a UN-brokered accord aiming to end more than two decades of conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

# dr-congo - Monday 26 November, 2012

DR Congo threatens to attack rebels as deadline looms

Rebels have refused to withdraw before holding direct talks with the government, which has in turn refused to negotiate without a withdrawal.

# dr-congo - Thursday 22 November, 2012

Congo: Violence continues, M23 rebels press forward after gains DRC

Congo: Violence continues, M23 rebels press forward after gains

A rebel group seeking to overthrow the Congolese government makes gains, and millions of civilians are displaced by the conflict.

# dr-congo - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

GALLERY: A day of Budget protests at Leinster House Budget 2012 This post contains images

GALLERY: A day of Budget protests at Leinster House

Various lobby and protest groups held demonstrations in Dublin today, to coincide with the Budget announcements. Here’s a sample.

# dr-congo - Friday 2 December, 2011

18 people killed in Congo election, says rights group

At least 18 people have been killed and 100 seriously injured in election violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Human Rights Watch.

# dr-congo - Monday 28 November, 2011

DR Congo polls open after weekend of violence

The African country could be plunged into violence again if it is unable to agree on the results of the presidential and legislative election – the first government-led elections since the end of the last war.

# dr-congo - Friday 8 July, 2011

Air crash: 53 feared dead after botched landing

Rescuers pulled 40 survivors from the wreckage of the flight, which came down in heavy weather in the DR Congo.

# dr-congo - Thursday 7 July, 2011

Column: 'You don't survive there long' - inside the mobile phone mines

Children in war-ravaged Congo are mining the materials used to make our mobiles. Film-maker Frank Poulsen describes the horror inside the tunnels.

# dr-congo - Monday 4 April, 2011

At least ten UN staff killed in Congo plane crash

Early indications say a plane carrying UN staff members broke into pieces, with the death toll likely to rise.

# dr-congo - Monday 22 November, 2010

Former DR Congo leader on trial for war crimes

Jean-Pierre Bemba faces charges of murder, rape and pillage during the most important trial at the International Criminal Court to date.

# dr-congo - Friday 15 October, 2010

UN: DRC government troops may have raped and murdered civilians

The same communities that were horrifically abused by rebels months ago may have been targeted again by the troops meant to protect them.

# dr-congo - Wednesday 8 September, 2010

500 raped in Congo attack

500 men, women and children were raped in rebel attacks just miles from the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission outpost.

# dr-congo - Thursday 26 August, 2010

THE UN SAYS ITS TROOPS could not have prevented the alleged mass rape of around 200 women and boys in the Democratic Republic of Congo because they didn’t know it was happening.

The women and children were assaulted during a four-day siege on Luvungi town by rebels. Peacekeepers passed through the area twice, but were told that roadblocks were being set up, and did not interfere.

Fighters from a Rwandan rebel group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (DFLR) and local Mai-Mai militia groups occupied Luvungi, just outside the country’s capital Kigali, on July 3o.

A UN base is located just miles from the town.

The rebel forces withdrew on 4 August, and reports of the rapes began to surface via aid groups.

First reports

The first reports were issued by International Medical Corps, which said it deployed an emergency response team to the area as soon as the security situation permitted it. The health risks facing the victims are clear from their statement:

Although post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) kits for preventing HIV were immediately available at the International Medical Corps clinic, only two survivors had arrived at the health center within 72 hours of sexual assault, the timeframe during which PEP for HIV may be administered.

For survivors who sought services within 120 hours of sexual assault, emergency contraception (EC) was provided. Survivors were also provided presumptive treatment for sexually transmitted infections, as well as wound care.

[caption id="attachment_15484" align="alignnone" width="512" caption="In this undated image supplied by Doctors Without Borders or Medicins Sans Frontieres, a rape victim is photographed at a clinic in Western Kasai, Congo."][/caption]

Rape as a weapon

Sexual violence and rape are known to be used as weapons in the militia conflict because of the devastating effects of sexual assault on families and communities. The east of the country continues to suffer militia violence despite the end of the country’s five-year war in 2003, the BBC reports.

One Congolese mother spoke in May of the terrible choice offered to her and other women by rebels:

The rebel leader asked me two things: “Do you want us to be your husbands? Or do you want us to rape you?” I chose to be raped.

I told old myself, if I tell them that I want to be their wife, they will kill my husband. I didn’t want my children growing up saying the one that made our father die is our mother.

After they raped me, my husband hated me. He said I was dirty. I often ask myself: “Surely, I gave up my dignity for him, how come he can abandon me this way?”

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon said he was appalled and outraged by the attacks:

Women and children should not have to live in fear of rape. Communities should not suffer the indignity of knowing that human rights abusers and war criminals can continue to behave with impunity.

Yesterday, a statement from Ban said he had instructed the UN special representative for sexual violence in conflict, former EU Commissioner Margot Wallstrom, to take charge of the UN’s response to the mass rapes in Luvungi.

# dr-congo - Tuesday 24 August, 2010

NEARLY 200 WOMEN were reportedly raped by rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo during a four-day seizure of a town – just miles from the UN’s local peacekeeping base, according to reports.

Fighters from a Rwandan rebel group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (DFLR) and local Mai-Mai militia groups occupied Luvungi, just outside the country’s capital Kigali, on July 3o.

A UN spokesman said the peacekeeping operation worked from a military base 30km east of Luvungi, but that peacekeepers were only able to access the town again four days later – when the rebels withdrew from the town of their own accord.

“There was no fighting and no deaths,” said Will Cragin of the International Medical Corps. There was, however, “lots of pillaging and the systematic raping of women.” The IMC is treating the victims, which also includes four young boys.

Locals say the occupation could not be stopped because there were only about 25 peacekeepers on duty – compared to the mob of between 200 and 400 rebels who took command of the village.

“When the peacekeepers approached a village, the rebels would run into the forest, but then the Blue Helmets had to move on to another area, and the rebels would just return,” he said.

The UN has been slowly withdrawing peacekeeping forces from the DR Congo following pressure from the domestic government to end its missino before the end of 2011.

Peacekeepers have been present in the country since 1999, trying to help the government maintain control over the country which was decimated by a war between 1998 and 2003, and an ensuing humanitarian catastrophe.

The UN has yet to make a statement on the rapes, except to say it was still investigating.