Democratic Republic of Congo


The Crisis In The DRC: A Stubborn Challenge Or Simply Beyond Hope?

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) long-standing violence has characterized the state for over 60 years. The DRC’s troubles are mostly rooted in the incumbent President’s refusal to cede power following the end of his second presidential term on December 19th, 2016. Consequently, public tensions have risen, with militia groups […]


ICC Orders Congolese Warlord To Compensate Child Soldiers

A decision of the International Criminal Court late last week has ordered Congolese warlord, Thomas Lubanga, to pay $10 million dollars in compensation to child soldiers recruited by the warlord’s savage military campaign of 2002-03. The payment is to be made collectively; it will fund support programs for the 427 […]


Attack On UN Peacekeepers Highlights Increased Insecurity In The DRC

An attack by militants in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday has resulted in the deaths of at least 15 UN Peacekeepers, with more than 50 wounded. Targeting a UN base situated near the DRC’s eastern border, the assault appears to be a well-coordinated effort by the Allied Democratic […]


The San Francisco ‘Comfort Women’ Statue Controversy: A Microcosm Of The Glaring Inadequacy Of The Response Of The International Community To Wartime Sexual Violence

Hirofumi Yoshimura, the Mayor of Japanese city Osaka, decided last week to cut the six-decade tie of his city with San Francisco after the latter city erected a monument in St. Mary’s Square to recognize ‘comfort women,’ namely those women who were enslaved and forced to work in brothels in […]


The Members Of Zimbabwe’s New Cabinet: Old Wine In New Wineskins?

On November 22nd, a scenario that seemed impossible to Zimbabweans came true. In a televised address, the Speaker of the Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, read President Robert Mugabe’s resignation letter, effectively ending his 37-year reign in power. The news, as expected, was met with much excitement, leading to streets parties celebrating […]


39 Burundian Refugees Shot Dead While Protesting

Congolese military forces have opened fire on a crowd of Burundian refugees. The attack occurred last Friday, on September 15. 39 Burundian refugees were killed, 94 injured, with 57 of them critical. The shooting began with what has been reported by Al Jazeera as a peaceful protest over the detention […]


The United Nations Role In The Democratic Republic of Congo: Failures and Solutions

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a war-torn country in Central Africa, currently rated as the 2nd poorest nation in the world. Today, DRC has approximately 19,000 UN peacekeepers operating on its soil, combating at least 30 (unknown) armed militant groups ravaging the country. The United Nations’ goal has […]


Burundi Refugees Killed By DCR Security Forces

Thirty-nine Burundian migrants and a Congolese soldier were killed in a clash in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week, with reports suggesting as many as 117 migrants were also injured in the incident. The clash took place in the eastern town of Kamanyola in the DRC after Burundian […]