Democratic Republic of Congo


Continued Political Instability Despite Promising Outlook From Congolese Election Results

Following the death of former Congolese leader Joseph Kabila, the country held an election, leading to its first democratic, peaceful transfer of power in about six decades with the swearing-in of president Félix Tshisekedi. Initially, Tshisekedi’s reign seemed to imply positive changes to the Democratic Republic of Congo in more […]


DR Congo Ethnic Violence Kills Nearly 900 In A Few Days

Ethnic violence between the Banunu and Batende communities continues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the wake of a historic presidential election that took place last month. The United Nations Human Rights Commission reports that at least 890 people have been killed and 465 buildings burned in […]


DR Congo Ethnic Violence Claims 890 Lives In Three Days

Last week the UN announced that 890 lives were claimed over three days in mid-December in ongoing ethnic violence acts in north-western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as Al Jazeera reports. This death toll is more than double the estimate reported by a local priest and civil society activist, […]


D.R.C. Election Controversy Continues As SADC Proposes Recount

Following a disputed presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has proposed a recount of the results, alongside calling for a unified national government. After 18 years of contentious rule from the outgoing president, Joseph Kabila, the long-awaited December 30th poll was […]


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 […]