Democratic Republic of Congo


UN Concerned By Fighting In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo Ahead Of December Elections

Political tensions have devolved into outright violence preceding December elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Fighting has ensued between those who favor the reelection of President Joseph Kabila and those who fear that his continued leadership will further entrench autocratic norms in the country. As the DRC […]


Felix Tshisekedi Quits DRC Opposition Unity Deal

Last week, Felix Tshisekedi, head of the largest opposition party in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) joined six other opposition leaders in Geneva to sign a “Unity Deal” which would make Martin Fayula the collective opposition candidate in the upcoming presidential election. The other major candidate is the […]


Mass Expulsions From Angola Put Over 330,000 Congolese Migrants At Risk – And Could Trigger A Humanitarian Crisis, UN Warns.

Over the past month, an estimated 330,000 people have reportedly crossed from Angola into the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.) in the wake of an expulsion order targeting ‘irregular migrants’ put into place by the Government of Angola. The UN refugee agency has expressed increasing concerns that enforcement of this […]


Uganda And Rwanda Warned About Spread Of Ebola From DRC

Ebola could spread from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Uganda and Rwanda. According to Reuters, the rate of Ebola cases has more than doubled since September after rebel violence in northeastern DRC caused response efforts to be briefly suspended, health officials said. The disease is believed to have infected 194 […]


Political Infighting In The Democratic Republic Of Congo Threaten The Spread Of Ebola

A recent increase in the number of Ebola cases in the geopolitically contested regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused great concern over the possibility of its spread. According to the figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on October 12th, 165 confirmed and 35 probable cases […]


The Effects of War On Healthcare Infrastructure And Health Workers: Chaos Compounding Death and Injury

Often, when we think of war and unrest in countries, the first thing that is discussed or thought about is the violence and the immediate resulting casualties. The number of deaths and injuries as a result of violence within a country or area is one of the key determinants for […]


Ebola Outbreak In Democratic Republic Of Congo At ‘Critical Juncture,’ According To WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the fight against Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is being threatened by a ‘perfect storm’ of hindrances. Dr. Peter Salama, WHO’s Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response, has expressed concern about the effects of increasing violence in DRC on […]


Deadly Attack In Beni City, Democratic Republic Of Congo Carried Out By Rebels

On Saturday, September 22nd, rebels attacked Beni City, a city in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Beni City and surrounding areas are being attacked by the Allied Defence Forces which is a Ugandan rebel group. The Allied Defence Forces began operating in the region in 1995. […]


African Political Trends: The Rise In ‘Constitutional Coups’

Comoros president Azali Assoumani is the latest African president to use a constitutional reform to cling to power with an iron fist. The Comoros National Electoral Commission (CENI) announced on 31 July that an overwhelming majority of the country (92.74%) voted for government-backed constitutional reforms that will allow the president […]


Democratic Republic Of The Congo: President Confirms He Will Not Run For Third Term

Following two years of uncertainty, the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, has finally confirmed that he will not stand for re-election on 23 December 2018. This declaration is in line with constitutional requirements that impose a two-term limit on DRC presidents. Kabila has now […]