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# Democratic Republic of Congo

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# Democratic Republic of Congo
'Around 300' dead in east DR Congo massacre, government says
The government has been locked in a months-long conflict with an armed group in the region.
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WHO chief apologises for sex abuse by staff in Democratic Republic of Congo
The abuses were committed by the UN agency’s staff who were in the country to fight an Ebola outbreak from 2018 to 2020.
# Luca Attanasio
Italian ambassador to Democratic Republic of Congo killed in gun attack
Luca Attanasio died after a World Food Programme convoy came under attack.
# Ebola Outbreak
Democratic Republic of Congo announced resurgence of Ebola, three months after the end of previous outbreak
The 11th outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo ended on 18 November 2020.
WHO to investigate sexual abuse allegations in Democratic Republic of Congo
The allegations were linked to WHO efforts to tackle Ebola in the country.
# Cobalt
Apple and Microsoft accused of profiting from child labour in US lawsuit
The companies are accused of profiting from child cobalt miners.
# precautions
Rwanda reopens border with DR Congo after being closed for hours amid latest Ebola outbreak
A third case has been detected in the border city of Goma, home to 2 million people.
# Epidemic
Ebola: WHO decides DRC outbreak is not a 'global' health emergency
The current Ebola crisis has recorded more than 2,000 cases.
# not trump
Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have won the Nobel peace prize for 2018
The Congolese doctor and Iraqi human rights activist have been honored with the world-renowned humanitarian prize this morning.
# crisis
Ireland is giving another €5 million in aid to the severe humanitarian crisis in DR Congo
The UN has described the crisis as the fastest growing humanitarian crisis in the world.
# deadly crisis
Ireland is giving another €500,000 in aid to the severe humanitarian crisis in DR Congo
The UN has described the situation in DR Congo as the fastest growing humanitarian crisis in the world.
# falling flat
Champions Ivory Coast disappoint in Africa Cup of Nations opener
Meanwhile, Junior Kabananga scored to give the Democratic Republic of Congo an upset 1-0 win over Morocco.
# Fallout
Norwich striker quits international football over treatment after Brussels attacks
Dieumerci Mbokani missed an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against Angola after he was caught up in the airport bombing.
# Child Labour
'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.
'My experience in Ireland has been quite simply incredible'
My life here has given me amazing opportunities as a professional musician. I don’t miss a lot of things from Kinshasa (apart from the sun, obviously).
# tyrone woman
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.
# Outbreak
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.
# Next generation
Westmeath footballer Ilunga on dealing with racism in GAA and fearing for his life in Congo
The talented teenage full-back has learned to laugh off abuse on the pitch after an incident last year.
# Case Study
Case Study: Being a gay woman in DRC and facing fears of 'punitive' rape
“One day, in 2007, I was surrounded by boys who told me they were going to rape me to give me a taste for men, that whatever I did I was still a woman.”
Column: The forgotten crises that don't make the evening news still deserve our attention
In marking the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, we should also look to conflicts in Central African Republic and South Sudan, writes Joe Costello TD.
Column: Today let's celebrate, recognise, and show solidarity with the women and girls
The 8th March each year marks International Women’s Day. It is a time for us to recognise the women and girls of this world who are living in poverty and vulnerability due to gender discrimination, says Bernadette Crawford.
"We hear of babies as young as five months being abducted and raped repeatedly"
An Irish consortium highlighted the issue of gender based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo at a seminar in Dublin yesterday.
# Child Soldiers
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.
# Racism
Bananas thrown at black Italian minister
Kyenge, who was born in Democratic Republic of Congo but has lived in Italy for 30 years, has faced several incidents of racism since taking her post.
# Refugees
One person became a refugee every four seconds last year
Over one million people fled across international borders last year with 6.5 million displaced in their own home countries.
# atrocity
Two girls die as wave of child rapes hits province in DRC
Doctor in Democratic Republic of Congo speaks of the horror of flood of children coming to hospital in critical state.
# newborn babies
Ireland is the 20th safest country for newborns and mothers - report
The report by the charity Save the Children used stats from 186 countries.
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.
Britain suspends aid to Rwanda over DR Congo rebel support
The UK is to withhold million in aid over concerns that Rwanda is supporting of rebels country, which is in the midst of an increasingly violent conflict.
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.
# Democratic Republic of Congo
Civilians 'preyed upon' in DR Congo violence, say humanitarian workers
Aid workers say the deteriorating situation in the country has left millions of civilians displaced and vulnerable to exploitation and violence.
UN mission 'failing to protect DRC civilians'
The International Crisis Group warns of risk of “serious escalation of violence” in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In first verdict International Criminal Court finds Congo warlord guilty
Thomas Lubanga has been found guilty of conscripting and enlisting children to fight for him.
# DR Congo
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.
# Congo
Four dead after pre-election clashes in DR Congo
The election is almost certainly expected to return President Joseph Kibala to power, analysts say.
# Worst Places
The world's worst places to be a woman - survey
Global survey releases findings which show that Afghanistan is the most dangerous place for women, while the DRC comes a close second.
# Congo
Congo army colonel sentenced to 20 years for ordering New Year's Day mass rape
A lieutenant colonel and his subordinates escaped the death penalty but received prison sentences in a landmark case.
# Mass Rape
53 men, women, children raped in DRC in three days, says MSF
Humanitarian aid agency says the already-volatile situation in eastern DRC has deteriorated further, as new reports of mass rape emerge.
# Congo
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.
# Africa
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.