Tag: Congo

Virunga Park warden tapped for grassroots activist prize

Virunga Park warden tapped for grassroots activist prize

| April 26, 2017

(GIN)—As a child soldier at the age of 14, Rodrigue Katembo learned his survival skills in dangerous times. Belgium had granted independence to the Congo but it was little more than a piece of paper after years of colonial rule. After a U.S.-led coup in 1961 that removed legally-elected Patrice Lumumba, the nation’s prime minister, […]

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Congolese president urged to allow vote as killings in provinces spike

Congolese president urged to allow vote as killings in provinces spike

| April 5, 2017

(GIN)—In a country that suffered 30 years under the boot of a brutal dictator, a last minute power grab by the current president, Joseph Kabila, to stay beyond the two term legal limit, has ignited a firestorm in the population. An eleventh hour deal with the opposition in December gave Kabila till the end of […]

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New U.S. administration considers ending ‘conflict minerals’ ban

New U.S. administration considers ending ‘conflict minerals’ ban

| February 7, 2017

(GIN)—A rule requiring public companies to report their use of so-called “conflict minerals”  from Congo may soon be eliminated. The change under review by the Securities and Exchange Commission could benefit the armed groups that control many of the small mines and provide cover to multinational corporations who buy the resources often at cut rate […]

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Opposition loses key figure in passing of Etienne Tshisekedi

Opposition loses key figure in passing of Etienne Tshisekedi

| February 7, 2017

(GIN)—Etienne Tshisekedi, a popular leader of the Congolese opposition, was a crusading voice for political pluralism and democracy in the Congo. He passed last week in a hospital in Brussels where reportedly he had been treated for a pulmonary embolism. After a previous hospital stay in Belgium for two years, Tshisekedi returned to the DRC […]

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Amidst chaos at U.S. airports, Congolese family brought to safety

Amidst chaos at U.S. airports, Congolese family brought to safety

| February 7, 2017

(GIN)—After years in a refugee camp under assault by rebel gunmen, a Congolese family this week found themselves passing through U.S. customs and on to safety and a better life, thanks to the work of a church-based organization that would bring them to upstate New York. The hopes and dreams of the family of six […]

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Diplomacy ends deadlock in Congo—leaves presient in place for now

Diplomacy ends deadlock in Congo—leaves presient in place for now

| January 3, 2017

(GIN)—Difficult negotiations appear to have finally succeeded in bridging the differences between President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo and opposition parties who wanted the president to abide by the constitution and step down, having served the two terms he is legally allowed. President Kabila had sought to stay until 2018 but will […]

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Facing ‘trial of strength in the streets,’ crisis grows for Congo’s Kabila

Facing ‘trial of strength in the streets,’ crisis grows for Congo’s Kabila

| December 20, 2016

(GIN)—Congolese President Joseph Kabila is facing a “trial of strength in the streets” if he stays in office beyond the constitutionally-mandated deadline of this week, say critics of the two-term leader who appears to be digging in for the long term. Popular opposition leader Moise Katumbi has called on Kabila to step down before he […]

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Worldwide team of refugess get Olympic welcome in Rio

Worldwide team of refugess get Olympic welcome in Rio

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—Athletes from some of the most dangerous countries in the world will be competing with world-class swimmers, runners and equestrians at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, now underway. The team no sooner arrived when a letter sent by Pope Francis was delivered. “I extend my greetings and wish you success at the Olympic […]

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Tributes pour in for pioneer of popular ‘soukous’ sound Papa Wemba

Tributes pour in for pioneer of popular ‘soukous’ sound Papa Wemba

| April 26, 2016

(GIN)—To some, he was the King of Congolese rumba—a sound that layered luscious Cuban rumba with African instruments and beats. Papa Wemba, or Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, was rebellious, prolific, a style icon, at times notorious and always innovative. “The world of popular music has lost a giant—a consummate musician, a shape-shifter who challenged […]

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Congolese children to join U.S. adoptive parents, ending 2-year wait

Congolese children to join U.S. adoptive parents, ending 2-year wait

| February 24, 2016

(GIN)—After spending more than two years in legal limbo, 159 children from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be united with adoptive parents from the U.S., France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. The government agreed to grant long-stalled permits to the children and is working to resolve the remaining cases, said Ambassador Francois Balumuene. […]

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