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"Breaking the Silence" -- NYC Conference Examines 20 Years Since Congo Invasion

Milton Allimadi | Posted 10.13.2016 | Home
Milton Allimadi

Twenty years ago today, in 1996, Rwanda and Uganda invaded Congo, which was then known as Zaire. The 20th anniversary of the invasion of Congo and t...


Yaa-Lengi Ngemi | Posted 06.08.2016 | Home
Yaa-Lengi Ngemi

Muhammad Ali knocks out George Foreman on October 30th, 1974, in the Rumble in the Jungle in Kinshasa, Zaire (photo cr.: "AAA...LI, BO...

Papa Wemba: strong, but ambiguous bonds, with his motherland

The Conversation Africa | Posted 05.05.2016 | Home
The Conversation Africa

Eugenio Giorgianni, Royal Holloway "The Kasaï Nightingale" was on stage, a flamboyantly dressed stage animal as always, when he collapsed from a sud...

To Congo, With Love: Send Us Your Lullabies

Sabra Gertsch | Posted 01.24.2017 | Home
Sabra Gertsch

In the middle of the crisis, Krysta Strasbaugh sees the banana trees. Their flat, broad leaves flutter like flags of truce above the barbed wire over the protective wall.

Repression in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Joseph Kabila Attacks and Brutalizes Civilians

Yaa-Lengi Ngemi | Posted 03.22.2015 | Home
Yaa-Lengi Ngemi

It is unconscionable that an innocent people continue to be killed and be betrayed by their own president, albeit that the diplomats in Kinshasa refer to him as "le petit rwandais," who is supposed to serve and protect the Congolese people.

5 African 'Bus' Rides: Rough Riders on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 03.09.2014 | Home
Mike Arkus

Not all African buses break down, arrive days late, overwhelm you with dust and heat, or underwhelm you with esoteric notions of comfort and service. ...

Kinshasa: Heart of Faith

Rosa Lia June | Posted 11.18.2013 | Home
Rosa Lia June

In October, 2008, as part of an internship, I traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An orphan I spoke to said the most important people in his life were those who helped. When I asked him who helped, he said no one.

LOOK: 'This Is Kinshasa, City Of Art, Where Travail Is Muse'

Posted 08.26.2013 | Home

"Behold the artist." Amid the chaos of everyday life in Kinshasa, the artist has found one way to survive. This vibrant Congolese capital is home t...

Jonathan Hollander's Battery Dance Company 38 Years Later

Jim Luce | Posted 10.18.2013 | Home
Jim Luce

I've always considered myself fortunate to meet the people who are doing big things--positively impacting lives in meaningful ways. Recently I met a ...

Arms Depot Blast Kills Hundreds

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2012 | Home

By Christian Tsoumou and Jonny Hogg BRAZZAVILLE/KINSHASA, March 4 (Reuters) - Around 200 people were killed on Sunday when an arms dum...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Djo Tunda Wa Munga on Viva Riva!

Dan Persons | Posted 08.10.2011 | Home
Dan Persons

Viva Riva! is the first film out of the Congo to get U.S. distribution, and director Djo Tunda Wa Munga has made it a hell of an introduction.

Witnessing Revolutions

Ann Medlock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ann Medlock

With all the news of uprisings, I've been rocketed back in time and space to the Congo, to Vietnam, where I got some first-hand experiences of what it's like when people make such dramatic moves.

Going Ape In Central Africa: Meeting Our Closest Cousins In The Near-Wild Within Easy Reach Of Major Cities

Mike Arkus | Posted 09.19.2011 | Home
Mike Arkus

If you should happen upon two of the less visited African capitals and you don't have the time for days of travel to see them in their primordial natural habitat, a side trip to great apes who have been rescued is a relatively easy trip.

Rumble in the Jungle

Medard Mulangala Lwakabwanga | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Medard Mulangala Lwakabwanga

In 1974, the DRC hosted a match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Ali defeated an established opponent running out of ideas and ways to win. This is perhaps a foretaste of how our politics may develop in the coming months.

CONGO: Survey Shows Women and Boys in Increasing Danger in War-Torn Eastern DRC

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Louis Belanger

Civilians in eastern Congo are facing an increased risk of rape and forced labour as a result of internationally backed military operations against rebel groups.

A Light at the End of the Tunnel in Congo

John Prendergast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Prendergast

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is not an obvious candidate to be Africa's turnaround story of the coming decade, but I found the opportunity for real progress in my recent visit to the country.

Renewable Energy Expert Steve Smith Mitigates Conflicts in Congo, Rwanda, Sudan

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jim Luce

Multi-tasking is de rigueur these days, so it comes as no surprise that renewable energy expert and conflict resolution specialist Steve Smith has his hands full. His specialty comes from years of practice.

Ashley Judd: Please, Population Control is Not the Answer for Congo

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Georgianne Nienaber

Congo's economy is not undermined by "unregulated fertility" rates. Civil society has been destroyed by decades of war and over a hundred years of exploitation of Congo's wealth by international interests.

Lax Checks of Mineral Companies Allow Atrocities and Abuses in Congo

Lizzie Parsons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lizzie Parsons

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Congo region have been forced to flee from their homes - some many times - because men with guns have given them no choice. Others have been massacred, raped or tortured.