Democratic Republic of Congo

  • June 30, 2010

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of independence for the Democratic Republic of Congo. At 4am this morning I caught a snippet of the BBC's Martin Plaut asking Congolese people in Kinshasa what there was to celebrate. Not a lot, came the reply. With crumbling infrastructure, continued border conflict, systematic rape of women and girls, and loose trade regulations on the extractives sector - there doesn't seem a lot for the population of DRC to feel good about.

  • June 6, 2010

    The World Council of Churches is working with partners in Congo to resist the increased oppression of human rights defenders, following the death of Floribert Chebeya Bahizire.

  • June 3, 2010

    Amnesty has called upon the Congolese government to launch a thorough independent investigation into the death of one of the country’s leading human rights activists.

  • June 1, 2010

    I’ve just spent a week in the diocese of Bukavu in Sud-Kivu where the Interahamwe continue to rape and raid. On Wednesday I visited Mwanda, an hour’s drive from Bukavu town. Just days before, rebel troops had attacked a nearby village, taking the community’s food and animals, leaving one man badly injured.

  • May 24, 2010

    I’ve just met Furaha Ciwaci in a village outside Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She’s a 17-year-old girl with fierce eyes and a one year-old son.

  • May 17, 2010

    Last month, David Cameron and Jeffrey Sachs wrote a piece in The Independent on the role of women in international development.

  • March 9, 2010

    Following recent brutal attacks on women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Christian Aid is calling for more to be done over the voluntary demobilisation of armed groups there.

  • November 5, 2009

    A year after UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband visited to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Christian Aid has warned that military action will not solve the conflict.

  • September 17, 2009

    Church leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo are urging the government of the central African nation to rescind death sentences pronounced on two Norwegians

  • July 23, 2009

    From the smallest village to the biggest town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) people are yearning for peace, says Fredrick Nzwili. Church leaders are encouraging the rebel fighters to disarm.