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On Thursday evening, a UN military base on the banks of the Semuliki river in northeastern Congo was attacked. According to initial news reports and conversations with Congolese army (FARDC) and MONUSCO officials, the attackers were wearing FARDC uniforms and attacked a small FARDC platoon next to the base before entering the

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (R) and his Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart Joseph Kabila speak to the media after their meeting at the State House in Harare, November 2, 2009. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
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As the tanks rolled down the streets of Harare this week, Congolese social media lit up. President Kabila was rumored to be panicking to see one of his stalwart allies depart. Congolese and foreign observers hoped that Mugabe departure could somehow provide inspiration for Kabila to leave, as well. The person

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By ELISABETH CAESENS and JASON STEARNS There will be flurry of diplomatic activity on the Congo in coming days. Tomorrow (Thursday), the International Contact Group for the Great Lakes Region––a conclave of important donors and diplomats––will meet in The Hague to discuss, among other things, what to do about the

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By CHRISTOPH VOGEL On the afternoon of 15 September 2017, the Congolese border town Kamanyola witnessed the deadliest massacre in South Kivu’s Ruzizi Plains since 2014’s Mutarule carnage. At least 36 Burundian refugees and two Congolese (a soldier and a policeman) were killed in what seemed a spontaneous outbreak of violence,

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A MONUSCO APC is greeted by local residents near the front line in the Beni region where the UN is backing the FARDC in an operation against ADF militia, the 13th of March 2014.   © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti
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The Congo Research Group (CRG) conducted two years of research into the massacres around Beni, interviewing 245 sources, including many perpetrators and eyewitnesses. The report is 93 pages long (read it here) and worth reading for every sub-clause. For those with limited time, here’s a quick summary, outlining how the Congolese

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“We reject any notion of a third dialogue with Kabila!” Was the verdict of Felix Tshisekedi, the leader of the main opposition coalition in the Congo. This is now emerging as the consensus among what is usually a fractious civil society and opposition: no more talking with Kabila. At the

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Since 2013, a mysterious string of mass killings has taken place around Beni, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This startling wave of attacks transformed Beni territory from an area of relative calm into one of the country’s most violent theaters of conflict in a decade. These killings—primarily machete attacks—bring

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En réponse au rapport du Groupe d’étude sur le Congo, publié le 19 juillet, 2017, Les Richesses du Président : l’Entreprise Familiale des Kabila, certains sociétés ou individus ont fait des déclarations.  Nous incluons ces déclarations ci-dessous : Nando’s « Nando’s is not operating in the DRC as we exited our franchise agreement

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This week, a Board of Inquiry commissioned by the United Nations Secretary-General submitted its final report into the murder of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalán, two members of the UN Group of Experts who were assassinated in the Kasai region on March 12, 2017. The report, which is confidential but

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Le Groupe d’Etude sur le Congo a documenté pendant les derniers 20 mois le portfolio vaste et éclectique de l’entreprise de Joseph Kabila, président de la République démocratique du Congo, et de sa famille. Ce rapport présente nos conclusions, basées presque entièrement sur des documents légaux. Kabila et sa famille

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