Congo's Hero Women: Creating a Different Future

Congo's Hero Women: Creating a Different Future

Neema Namadamu – Huffington Post – 22 April 2014 (originally published 18 Apr) I was born in a very remote area in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) called the High Plains of Itombwe in South Kivu Province. I was actually the fourth child born to my parents, but the first […]

Extreme concern for armed child soldiers in DR Congo rising, says UN

Extreme concern for armed child soldiers in DR Congo rising, says UN

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations Kinshasa, DR CONGO, MIDDLE AFRICA: The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said today it is extremely concerned about persistent reports of child recruitment by armed groups in the country, and called on all actors to help stop this grave violation against children. According […]

Congo’s Superhero Moms

Congo’s Superhero Moms

Belinda Bauman – Daily Beast – Thursday, 26 September 2013 (originally published 23 Sept) This was the year my two sons began to love superheroes. We popped in the Spider-Man DVD one night out of boredom and that was all she wrote. For the next five months we watched everything Spider-Man, Superman, Ironman, and Whoeverman […]

Massive rapes & conflict displacement hit DR Congo mining region

Massive rapes & conflict displacement hit DR Congo mining region

WNN Justice (WNN/IRIN) Bunia, DRC – Democratic Republic of the Congo, AFRICA: For the past 10 months, a little-known conflict in a marginalized corner of northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has left a trail of killing, abduction, rape and forced displacement, with few signs of an imminent resolution. The epicentre of the conflict is […]

Women in neighboring countries work together to aid women of Eastern Congo

Women in neighboring countries work together to aid women of Eastern Congo

Joe DeCapua – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Goma, DRC – DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, AFRICA: Humanitarian agencies are scrambling to locate displaced civilians and provide assistance following the M23 rebel group’s takeover the city of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. For years, the town has been the center of aid operations, but […]

Red Cross volunteers offer mental health recovery to Congo child soldiers

Red Cross volunteers offer mental health recovery to Congo child soldiers

WNN Breaking (WNN/ICRC) Ango Territory, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF  CONGO, AFRICA: On the occasion of World Mental Health Day (10 October), the ICRC – International Committee of the Red Cross looks at the plight of children and youth forcibly recruited by armed groups the psychosocial support provided by local actors to lighten their heavy load after […]

With amnesty off the table Ugandan rebels could remain in force

With amnesty off the table Ugandan rebels could remain in force

Gillian Lamunu – WNN Opinion (WNN/IWPR) Gulu, UGANDA, AFRICA: Last month, the Ugandan government dropped its 12-year-old amnesty for rebel combatants who decide to lay down their arms and renounce violence. On May 23, Interior Minister Hilary Onek extended the Amnesty Act for a further 12 months, but in a form that left out crucial clauses […]