Democratic Republic of Congo


UNHCR Claims Thousands Fleeing Central Congo Amid Worsening Conflict

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has claimed that 11,000 refugees have recently fled from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Angola amid attacks from militia groups. Up to 9,000 people have left the country this month alone. The UNHCR has started to ship […]


Violence Against Protesters In The Congo After Political Transition Talks Collapse

The peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark sign of a healthy democracy – something that is unfortunately not present in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. President Joseph Kabila has been in power for close to two decades and his transition out of government has not been smooth and […]


Mass Graves And Potential Human Rights Abuses In Congo Spark Outrage From Within

As videos of soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army shooting Congolese citizens circulate on social media, the United Nation’s peacekeeper, Maman Sambo Sidikou, is calling for an investigation into the possible violations of human rights and into the mass graves discovered in January and February of this […]


The ICC Awards Reparations To Victims Of Bogoro Massacre

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a groundbreaking ruling on Friday when they awarded collective and individual reparations to the victims of war crimes committed by former Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga. Katanga, otherwise known as ‘Simba’, led the Ngiti militia group and political party Front for Patriotic Resistance in Ituri […]


The Refugee Crisis Is Real And Solvable

The refugee crisis is a world crisis. We have seen the death of thousands of refugees as they seek safety, while conflict around the world claims the lives of innocent civilians every day. As conflict rages on, developed nations continue to turn their back on those who need their help, […]


Joseph Kabila To Step Down After Fifteen Year Presidency

Congolese President, Joseph Kabila, is reportedly in talks to step down following an election held at the end of 2017. A deal, announced by mediators on Friday, December 30th, would prevent Kabila from changing the constitution and extending his mandate for a third term in the hope of securing a […]


Protesters Killed as DRC President Refuses to Step Down

  Protests against President Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) turned violent on Tuesday, with government forces firing into crowds and killing over forty people. President Kabila has been president of the DRC since 2001, with his second term having expired on Tuesday. The DRC constitution prohibits […]


Navigating The Victim/Perpetrator Complex At The International Criminal Court: The Case Of Dominic Ongwen

The trial of former child soldier Dominic Ongwen, which began on Tuesday December 6th at the International Criminal Court (ICC), has raised existential questions about the actions of humankind in times of war and suffering. Ongwen’s case is particularly complex as it is the first to charge an individual for […]


Civilian Massacres In Eastern Democratic Republic Of Congo

  For the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the horrors of war are an everyday reality. In the eastern provinces of the country, this trauma is particularly acute. On Sunday 27 November, the Mai-Mai Mazembe militia attacked a displaced persons’ camp in Luhanga. According to local officials […]


Congolese Lose Faith In Kabila Government As Violence Escalates

  Mass protests turned bloody last Monday with police and demonstrators clashing ahead of a planned opposition demonstration against the Kabila government in the capital of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Government reports declared that, at least, 17 people died in the clashes, however, opposition groups say the […]