Democratic Republic of Congo


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 […]


Is The Central Africa Sub-region A Curse Land?

For some weeks now the Central African state of Gabon has been making headline news. It started some months ago when opposition party members protested against Ali Bongo’s presidential candidature on the grounds that he was not born on Gabonese soil. Even though the judiciary never gave into their demands, […]


The Quest For World Peace Must Go On

In today’s world, almost everyday a story of war or conflict due to one reason or another is featured in both local and international news. Whether they are stories of war between nations or internal strife, it seems that peace has become elusive and people are getting used to reports […]


Civilian Massacre In DR Congo Causes Further Civil Unrest

  Scores of civilians were killed in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo last Saturday, August 13th when an unidentified group attacked a village near Beni town in North Kivu. The Governor of the North Kivu province, Julien Paluku, confirmed in a statement that at least 22 men and […]


Dozens Hacked to Death and Trust in the UN Lessens in the DR Congo

In the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the death toll rises with at least 64 people dead after an attack suspected to have been carried out by rebels. The reports emerged on Al Jazeera, who Nyonyi Bwanakawa, the mayor of Beni in North Kivu, informed that the attack on Saturday night happened in the town’s Rwangoma district. […]


Violence And Political Tensions In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

  Over seventy armed groups are currently operating in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Democratic Forces of Liberation of Rwanda and the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces, two of the strongest militant groups in the country, have effectively asserted their control over weakly governed areas […]