Democratic Republic of Congo

Aid Agencies Struggle As Democratic Republic of Congo Spirals Into Uncontainable Humanitarian Crisis

On the 13th March 2018, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General acknowledged humanitarian aid needs have doubled in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 2017. Political deadlock continues over current leader Kabila’s overstayed political term and has spurred ethnic conflict and further militia uprising, causing the humanitarian crisis to worsen. The […]

From Detroit To The DRC: Global Victims Of Neoliberalism

The cold and lifeless streets contain a silence more powerful than the sounds of livelihood that used to pervade them. Places, where middle-class families used to dwell, are now nothing short of slums. Nobody steps here without some sinister business, which is usually conducted in the abandoned playgrounds where laughter […]

Child Soldier Recruitment In The Middle East And North Africa Is On The Rise

The use of child soldiers by governments in the Middle East and North Africa has doubled over recent years. South Sudan, in particular, has seen a sharp increase in child soldier recruitment due to the conflict in its capital, Juba. As of this year, 650 children have been recruited against […]

The Humanitarian Crisis In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo

Last week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees acknowledged that rising violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has caused 7,000 people to flee to Burundi and 1,200 people to flee to Tanzania. It appears that these individuals decided to escape the area because of fear of forced […]

The Non Respect Of International And National Laws By African Nations: The Case Of Cameroon, Nigeria, DR Congo, And Kenya

Respect for the rule of law has been very difficult in contemporary times with nations and countries frequently coming into conflict with human rights defenders and rights organizations which are frequently challenging these governments. In recent times, some African countries have taken the lead in their lack of respect for […]

The Illusion Of Democratic Peace In Sub-Saharan Africa

More than 50 years since the process of independence began in the African continent – at the height of the Cold War – the discussion of democratic peace still looms. Scholars, governments and concerned citizens alike contemplate the implementation of democratization throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, which is heavily influenced by the […]

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 […]