Congo (DRC)

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The Lost Voices of Dzaleka

The Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi is home to more refugees than the camp can handle, blogger Fleur Leysen noted during her visits there. The temporary camp was built for 8,000 people in need, but quickly turned into a permanent slum housing 52,000 forgotten refugees.
Ⓒ Elien Spillebeen

Activist Mwazulu Diyabanza visits Antwerp: ‘Chef Ne Kuko must come home!’

In recent months, activist Mwazulu Diyabanza has made several attempts to remove African looted art from European museums. At the request of MO* he visited the Antwerp exhibition 100 x Congo in the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS). 
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Dear chair, please stand up for the people of Congo in the UN Security Council!

If humanity exists, humanity must now rise. Otherwise we will all be dehumanised.

Kris Berwouts: Four days in the hands of Congo’s insecurity services

Although being expelled from Congo in 2017, Kris Berwouts was able to receive a visum for the DRC one year later. On arrival in Congo however, he was immediately stopped by the authorities. This is what happened.
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Congo’s violent peace

Kris Berwouts presented “Congo’s violent peace”, a lecture at IOB Conference “Pathways to peace and drivers of democracy in the DRC” on January 23, 2018.
© Alex Mvuka Ntung

A Hidden War In DRC, Burundi Crisis And Great Lakes Geopolitics

The Great Lakes region is rattled by yet another armed conflict. The fighting has stayed under the international radar, but could broaden and threathen whatever uneasy arrangements for peace or stability might be in place. Alex Ntung takes us up the High Plateaus in South Kivu and into the deep roots of recent violence there.
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Is Kabila on his way out?

President Kabila faces challenges on a number of fronts, from the opposition to the grassroots to members of his own inner circle. How much longer can he hold on?
Sammy Baloji

MO*lecture: Who profits from Congo’s raw materials?

MO*lecture: panel composed of David Van Reybrouck, Karel De Gucht, Chrispin Mvano, Steven Spittaels and John Vandaele.

Pygmy women leader and environmental activist appointed minister in South Kivu

On June 5th, Governor Marcellin Chisambo announced a reshuffle of the government of the Congolese province of South Kivu. Three weeks ago, three ministers were thrown out following a motion of no confidence in the provincial Parliament. One of the new ministers is Adolphine Byayuwa Muley, 42 years old. She will lead the ministry of environment and ...
Erik Mwamba

Getting Rich in Poverty-stricken Congo

Congolese-Australian journalist Eric Mwamba went on a search to find the secret behind the riches of the Congolese elite. Many of his witnesses prefered staying anonymous for fear of their lives – which looks like a kind of Congolese omerta. John Vandaele selected Mwamba’s strongest observations and added some personal touches.

Goma Falls To The M23: A Tale Of War, Rebellion And Dreadful Peace Agreements

On Thursday November 15th 'M23' – the rebellion movement which was created earlier this year – launched a major attack on the city of Goma which, after a quieter day on Friday, culminated in a very stressful weekend. The question on Sunday evening was: will or will they not take Goma. On Monday they did. These are thoughts compiled throughout the l ...

Kris Berwouts on the road in Congo

I spent the last twenty days of June in the Congo. Most of that time, I visited people and communities at grass root level. In brief, I went to Fizi – Baraka – Uvira – Bukavu – Kalehe – Minova – Goma. All by road. I ended my trip in Kinshasa, trying to wrap with a more national perspective. What follows is not really an article, nor is it an elabor ...