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  • UN urges DR Congo to 'respect freedom' ahead of protest

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/11/30 The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo called on Wednesday for officials to "respect" a turmoil planned by opposition groups in Kinshasa, which has been banned by the government. A last attempt at negotiations between an opposition delegation and the Kinshasa governor, Andre Kimbuta, failed to break the impasse over the march which opposition leaders have vowed to hold Thursday.
  • Pope Francis leads special prayer for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/11/29 Pope Francis led a appropriate prayer for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, saying the mass murder of women and children is where “war shows its most horrid face”. “This evening, in prayer, we want to sow seeds of peace in the lands of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in all lands devastated by war,” the pope said in a homily at St Peter’s Basilica.
  • Cameroonians protest against sale of migrants as slave

    CAMEROON, 2017/11/27
  • The Central African Republic could be on the brink of a bloodbath

    CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC, 2017/10/13 Inside a sprawling tent camp protected by a U.N. tank and a line of barbed wire, Jerry Zoumatchi cradled an ancient rifle. He said he’d at no time touched a weapon until four months ago. But again rebels shot dead his father and his 17-year-old brother, sending him fleeing to this displaced-persons site in search of refuge and revenge. “I took up my gun to kill the [rebels] who killed my father and brother,” the 29-year-old said, fiddling with three bullets in his free hand. “I need to avenge the deaths.”
  • Cameroonians bemoan arrest of pregnant woman, social media still blocked

    CAMEROON, 2017/10/05 Cameroonians in the English-speaking regions are campaigning for the release of a five-month pregnant woman and her husband who were reportedly arrested by the security forces during the government repression on October 1. The arrest of Sola Yundze and her husband Sakwe Frank from their home in Limbe in the South-West Region has generated the #FreeSola campaign on social media despite the internet blockade over the completed three days.
  • Congo's Sassou hails retiring dos Santos for service to Africa

    ANGOLA, 2017/09/10 Outgoing Angolan president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, has received praise from his Congolese counterpart, Denis Sassou Nguesso, the ruling MPLA have said. A message accompanying a photo posted on the MPLA’s Twitter handle read: “President Dennis Sassou Nguesso pays homage to José Eduardo dos Santos, for his deeds for peace in Africa.” Dos Santos, 75, bows out as president next 38 years in charge of the former Portuguese colony. He is set to be restored by his former Defense Minister, Joao Lourenco, who led the ruling MPLA into the last elections.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Congo civil servants call strike over wages as crisis bites

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/07/22 Civil service leaders called a strike in Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, demanding pay rises to help workers cope with a mounting economic crisis. The franc has lost 40 % of its price in the completed year, with a particularly sharp decline over the completed week, amid political turmoil and persistently low prices for Congo's key commodity exports. Inflation is expected to top 30 % this year, but wages remain unchanged.
  • Activism And The State: How African Civil Society Responds To Repression

    BURUNDI, 2017/07/09 African citizens, activists and organisations are finding new and innovative ways to resist, organise and mobilise in the face of mounting restrictions on their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association. Restrictions on civic freedoms are increasing worldwide, but are being acutely felt in African nations. According to the CIVICUS Monitor – a constantly updated tool rating nations’ fundamental civic freedoms from open to closed – 43 African nations fall under the bottom three categories of closed, repressed and obstructed with only two African nations rated as open. In most African nations, freedom of expression, assembly and association are stifled by national and non-national actors through the use of restrictive legislation, policies, and judicial persecution inclunding physical attacks, threats and detention of activists and journalists. While these restrictions generally occur at the same time as civil society groups speak out in direct opposition to public policy, there is strong evidence that restrictions increase during politically sensitive periods, like elections and prior to constitutional changes on term limits of political leaders.
  • Cameroon: Women Push for Greater Political Participation

    CAMEROON, 2017/03/12 In Cameroon, civil society groups marked this year's International Women's Day by urging women to register to vote and take on larger roles in decision making in their communities. Gender activist and singer Gracia Fonyuy, uses her voice in Yaounde to encourage women to stand up for their rights. Empowerment Part those listening to her is 45-year-old Sali Hamadikou who has, for the initial time, registered to vote. She says the majority significant thing women completed during these activities ahead of International Women's Day is that they educated men to allow their wives and daughters to register to vote, in particular in the majority-Muslim parts of northern Cameroon where she is from and where she says men are accustomed to being dominant. She says she will continue to educate additional men.