Democratic Republic of Congo


Uganda Opens Its Borders As Asylum Seekers Suffer Violence In The Eastern DRC

The number of violent attacks directed by armed groups towards innocent and displaced civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has soared in recent weeks. The unstable and insecure situation many Congolese people face has forced mass movement, with over 5 million civilians uprooted from their homes. […]


Cobalt Miners In The Democratic Republic Of Congo Report Mandatory On-Site Confinement During COVID-19

Human rights organizations have come together this week to express concern for cobalt miners in the Lualaba and Haut-Katanga provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following reports of on-site confinement policies. To stay operational during COVID-19, at least six Congolese mining companies have been reported as being under […]


A Global Stance: Belgians Call For The Removal Of King Leopold II Statues.

In the first week of June, demonstrators in Europe, from London to Rome via Brussels, showed their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests sweeping the U.S. from coast to coast. In Belgium, activists targeted statues of King Leopold II in Ghent, Antwerp, and Brussels, amongst other places. They call […]


A Measles Outbreak In The D.R.C. During The Coronavirus Pandemic

While the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.) grapple with its latest Ebola outbreak and  COVID-19, other conditions remain a major issue. Resources have been diverted towards fighting a 19-month long outbreak of Ebola that has killed over 2,000 people. In turn, this has weakened the fight against containing measles. Since […]


Islamic State Africa – An Inevitability?

In 2018, it was estimated that as many as nine Islamic State ‘cells’ existed across Africa. Whilst lacking their predecessor’s numerical support and contiguous geographical influence, today they constitute a growing menace across the entire continent. Groups professing the ideology of IS now occupy territory in North, West, Central, East […]


No Ceasefire For African Conflicts Amidst COVID-19

Amidst pleas from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, violent conflict in Africa rages on. On March 23, Guterres urged warring parties worldwide to unite against the COVID-19 pandemic by laying down their arms temporarily. “The fury of the virus illustrates the […]


A Candle In The Dark: Last Ebola Patient In DRC Discharged

Despite the rising panic stemming from the coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) achieved a small yet momentous victory this week: The discharge of Masika Semida from an Ebola treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the last person to be diagnosed with Ebola from the August 2018 […]


Reforms Of Colonial Currency In West Africa

On 24th February, Kémi Séba, an anti-colonial and pan-Africanist activist responsible for the formation of the Anti-CFA Front, is set to face trial in Dakar, Senegal, for the illegal burning of a 5,000 CFA franc note at an anti-Françafrique rally held in Dakar on 19th August 2017. Séba was initially […]


Living in Fear: Militia Attacks Claim More Lives In The DRC

On 31 January 2020, Nyatura Domi rebels plundered a village in North Kivu’s Walikale territory and claimed five civilian lives. A day earlier, seven independent incidents across North and South Kivu took 20 civilian lives. For inhabitants of eastern DRC, these events do not come as a surprise. With over […]


‘A Seed Sown Among Thorns’: Tshisekedi’s DRC One Year On

After a year in power, is the presidency of Felix Tshisekedi fated to fulfil the old adage: ‘plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose’? 900,000 refugees and 500,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) still in a state of flux within Congo’s borders. A nationwide measles epidemic that has killed 6,000—double the […]


Campaigns Of Violence Continue In Eastern Democratic Republic Of Congo

In the past month, over 60 civilians have been killed in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The killings have been reported by regional leaders to be perpetrated by members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) a Ugandan militia that has been ravaging the Eastern […]


Instability In The DRC As The Ebola Crisis Ensues

Ten civilians have been killed in a recent attack in the DRC’s Eastern Province. According to the Kivu security tracker, which tracks ongoing clashes in the region, the rebel group the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) were responsible for the deaths alongside the kidnapping of 21 other victims in a village […]


To Boycott Or Not To Boycott?  Rwanda, DRC And Malawi Withdraw From WEF in South Africa

Much speculation has arisen surrounding the recent withdrawal of Rwanda, DRC and Malawi from the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF), which was launched on 4 September at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Reports have suggested that the decision to withdraw was in response to xenophobic attacks which have […]


New Vaccine To Fight Ebola Epidemic Is Approved In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

The Health Authority of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said in the past week that it will allow a new vaccine that is developed by drugs company Johnson & Johnson to be used to contain the second ever largest outbreak of Ebola. The current vaccine in use, developed by […]