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Woman ‘publicly raped and beheaded for serving fish in Congo’

The video shows rebels carrying weapons ScreengrabShocking footage appears to show horrific public punishment A woman has been raped in public and killed by a rebel militant group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, reportedly because she served the gunmen “forbidden food”. France 24 said it had compiled footage and witness statements documenting the incident, rare evidence of the atrocities being committed on the front lines of a year-long conflict between the Congolese Army and a rebel movement known as the Kamuina Nsapu. Witnesses said the gunmen forced the woman’s step-son, who was working with her when the food was served, to...

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Congo warlord seeks to unite rebel factions in anti-Kabila alliance

Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Image: Reuters For years, William Yakutumba did what many militia leaders in eastern Congo do: he occupied a pocket of territory while running rackets based on gold smuggling, arms trafficking and taxing civilians abandoned by an absent state. Since June, however, his men have engaged in a hit-and-run insurgency against the army. Last week, in a dramatic escalation, they attacked the lakeside town of Uvira from surrounding hills and by motorised pirogue from Lake Tanganyika. United Nations peacekeepers helped beat them back with heavy machineguns after some government troops fled,...

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Eastern Congo rebels aim to march on Kinshasa: spokesman

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – A rebel spokesman in eastern Congo said on Friday that his movement intended to march across the country to the capital Kinshasa to depose President Joseph Kabila, who refused to quit power at the end of his mandate last year. Led by self-proclaimed ‘general’ William Yakutumba, the rebel force, calling itself the National People’s Coalition for the Sovereignty of Congo (CNPSC), has emerged as one of the strongest groups in Democratic Republic of Congo’s lawless eastern borderlands since its formation in June. Analysts doubt that the CNPSC has the capacity to make...

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12 dead, 92 missing in DR Congo floods

Torrential rain fell on the 4 and 5 March, 2014 in Congo. (Photo by congo-liberty.com) At least 12 people died, 18 others injured and 92 were missing after heavy rains caused flooding in two villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said Wednesday. “The provisional toll after torrential rain hit the villages of Bihambwe and Matanda in Masisi Territory is 12 dead, 18 injured and 92 missing,” said Julien Paluku, governor of Nord Kivu province, where the villages are located. The rain started on Tuesday, causing a river to flood, local residents told AFP. “The rain began...

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Violence and Death of Burundi Nationals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2017 The U.S. government is dismayed by the violence and death of more than 30 Burundian nationals and a Congolese soldier in Kamanyola, in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.) on September 15. We call upon the Government of the D.R.C. to work with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UN peacekeepers to ease tensions between Burundi refugees and their host population. The cause of the violence must be determined and perpetrators must be held accountable. We urge the Government of the...

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