Democratic Republic of Congo

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 […]

Economic Reforms Are Not Sufficient To Address The Humanitarian Crisis In DRC

In the past few decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) excelled among countries in sub-Saharan Africa for its stunning economic performance. According to the World Bank, from 2005 onwards, a robust export-based economy, along with the evolution of both domestic and the international public investment have permitted a GDP […]