Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

Rape in Congo 'one of great human crises of our time'

Forty-eight women are raped in the central African nation of Congo every hour, according to a new study by the American Journal of Public Health.

106 missing after boat capsizes on Congo river

AN OVERCROWDED boat capsized yesterday in Congo, witnesses said, leaving at least 106 people missing in the latest transportation tragedy in the vast Central African country of jungles and huge rivers.

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UN plane crashes in Congo

A UNITED Nations plane crashed while trying to land at the airport serving Congo's capital Kinshasa last night, killing least 20 people.

China and Congo agree trade deal

The Democratic Republic of Congo has signed an agreement with the China Development Bank aimed at funding growth, involving an undisclosed amount.

City-based officer recognised for UN mission in Congo

AN army officer based at Craigiehall has been made an OBE in today's Operational Honours List.

'Rape campaign' colonel is killed

A CONGOLESE army spokesman said a former colonel whose fighters have been accused of raping civilians has been killed in the country's volatile east.

20 years' jail for man who led Congo soldiers in mass rape

AS THE uniformed soldiers on trial sat nearby, a newly married bride flung her torn and bloodied clothing on to the floor of the stifling hot makeshift courtroom in a remote corner of eastern Congo. She swayed in her chair as she recounted the brutal rape she'd survived.

Congo: 'V for victory' as feminist playwright helps rape victims' fight

For years, diplomats, aid workers, academics and government officials in Congo have been vexed almost to the point of paralysis about how to deal with the country's staggering problem of sexual violence, in which hundreds of thousands of women have been raped by the various armed groups who haunt the hills of the east.

'City of Joy' aims to help victims of mass rape

Democratic Republic of Congo's first rehabilitation centre for victims of sexual violence opened its doors yesterday, weeks after a new spate of mass rapes in its troubled east.

Congo: Colonel accused of leading mass rape

A FORMER rebel commander who became a colonel in the Congolese army has been arrested over the rapes of dozens of women in eastern Congo on New Year's Day.

Congo: Mineral sourcing move to cut funding of rebels

Thousands of companies could be forced to reveal the source of metals and ores they use under a proposed US rule aimed at cutting the flow of money to armed rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Polio causes 200 deaths in the Congo

A RARE and unusually fatal outbreak of polio in Republic of Congo has caused more than 200 deaths in the Central African nation, a Unicef spokesman said yesterday.

Not guilty plea from former Congo vice-president accused of war crimes

Congo's former vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of murder, rape and pillage at the start of his war crimes trial in The Hague, in a case the chief prosecutor says will define a commander's legal responsibility to control his troops.

Deportees 'gang-raped by Angolan officials in dungeon'

At LEAST 30 women were kept as prisoners in a dungeon-like structure and gang-raped over several weeks at the Congo and Angola border before being left naked in scrubland.

UN claims Congo troops are involved in mass rapes, killings and lootings

Congolese government troops are raping, killing and looting civilians in the same area of eastern Congo where militias carried out mass rapes over two months ago, a top United Nations official has said.

Ex-warlord wanted over child soldiers is serving in military

A FORMER Congolese warlord accused of conscripting child soldiers is free and serving in the Congolese military, despite a warrant for his arrest.

Rwandan rebel seized in Paris over war crimes

A RWANDAN rebel accused of orchestrating a humanitarian catastrophe against Congolese villagers in a blackmail scheme to leverage more political power for his group in Kigali was arrested in Paris yesterday, the International Criminal Court said.

Congo warlord's trial 'can continue'

The International Criminal Court has ruled Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga should not be released and his war crimes trial can continue.

Val Morgan: Sexual violence in the Congo must be tackled

I WAS heartened to read in the International section of The Scotsman of the militia commander in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo arrested for his alleged involvement in leading the gang rapes of more than 300 people. I have travelled to the region and heard first-hand accounts of the scale and brutality of the sexual violence which has been the shameful hallmark of this conflict.

Congo rape terror suspect turned in

CONGOLESE rebels have handed over a militia commander accused of leading the gang rapes of more than 300 people during a four-day reign of terror in the vast and troubled Congo's east.

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