Democratic Republic of Congo
Africa’s independence: what will the next 60 years bring?
A wave of independence swept across Africa sixty years ago. This week it’s been the turn of Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo to mark their independence. But amid the celebrations there is also time to reflect, regret even mourn what has taken place since gaining self-rule. Somalia, for instance, has seen the state split, a civil war, imposition of sharia law and a rise in piracy and Islamist terrorism.
Despite fertile land, Covid-19 worsens food insecurity in DR Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo, which cultivates only 10 percent of its arable land, imports almost all of its food. At local markets, the rice comes from Asia, the fish from Latin America and the onions from Cameroon. The result of this reliance on imports is food insecurity. In March, the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of borders made the situation worse. Commodity prices skyrocketed and some commodities, such as cornflour, are out of stock. And yet, the country has vast agricultural potential. Our correspondents report.
Rights groups fear disaster in DR Congo's overcrowded prisons
We bring you a report from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there is growing concern about the safety of prisoners due to the coronavirus outbreak. More than 100 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Kinshasa's Ndolo military prison. The UN estimates that the country's main prisons are, on average, at 432% capacity. We speak to the Central Africa Director for Human Rights Watch for his take on the situation.
World's biggest measles outbreak in DR Congo kills thousands
The deadly virus has killed nearly three times as many people in the Democratic Republic of Congo as any Ebola outbreak. It's preventable with a vaccine.
Police shootings at a hospital in DR Congo and the sad truth behind a rugby-playing whale
A police officer shot a hospital worker in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a video of a beluga whale playing fetch with a ball went viral - but the cute video doesn't tell the whole story.
At least 27 killed in Congo plane crash
The death toll from a plane that crashed into a densely populated neighbourhood in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday has risen to at least 27, including some people on the ground, a rescue official said.
WHO battles Ebola outbreak in Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo is grappling with the world's second-largest Ebola epidemic on record. The World Health Organization has more than 650 staff on the ground to try and contain the deadly virus where mistrust of Western medicine lingers.
Congo's Ebola outbreak slowing, still entrenched in insecure areas: WHO
The Ebola epidemic in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been confined to a rural area rife with militias and people on the move, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
U.N. chief Guterres visits Ebola survivors in Congo
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in Mangina, Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday to visit and interact with Ebola survivors.