June 27, 2009 |
Ugandan rebels this year have killed about 1,200 Congolese civilians and abducted 1,500, mostly children, in a remote region of northeast Congo, a U.N. official said. Fighting between government forces and the Lord's Resistance Army rebels has driven 220,000 other Congolese from their homes in the Haut-Uele region, said Ross Mountain, the U.N. chief's deputy special representative to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Lord's Resistance Army is notorious for reportedly torturing, raping and mutilating civilians.
December 18, 2004 |
One evening four months ago, a soft-spoken 18-year-old named Aziza was selling bananas in the market here when some U.N. peacekeepers summoned her to their car. Aziza went over thinking they wanted to buy fruit, but was persuaded to engage in a different kind of transaction. "They offered me love," she said, in the colloquial French spoken in this former Belgian colony. And they offered her money -- just $5, but more than she would make in a month at the market.
October 5, 2007 |
A cargo plane slammed into a residential neighborhood in Congo's capital seconds after takeoff Thursday, leaving at least 25 people dead in a smoky wreckage of concrete blocks and twisted debris. The fiery crash underscored the dangers of flying in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire, which has had more fatal air crashes than any other African country, according to the Aviation Safety Network.
November 2, 2008 |
Tutsi-led rebels tightened their hold Saturday on newly seized swaths of eastern Congo, forcing tens of thousands of frightened, rain-soaked civilians out of makeshift refugee camps and stopping some from fleeing to government-held territory. Aid organizations said they were increasingly worried about a lack of food and shelter.
December 15, 2009
The deadliest conflict since World War II, in which 5.4 million people have died and 200,000 women have been raped, rages far from Iraq and Afghanistan. It is in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where murderous militias are battling for control of valuable minerals such as tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, which are essential to the worldwide production of consumer electronics. Congolese, in other words, are dying in extraordinary numbers for our cellphones and video games, digital cameras and laptop computers.
May 30, 2006 |
The government said Monday that it was deporting nearly three dozen foreigners, including three Americans, charged with plotting a coup before national elections, saying it would take too long to prosecute them. "All 32 mercenaries have been expelled from the country to face justice in their respective countries," Information Minister Henri Mova Sakanyi said. Congolese officials had said the men were security guards who were found with weapons and were planning to overthrow the government.
August 6, 2003 |
French troops on helicopter patrol over the lush green savanna of troubled northeastern Congo stopped a massacre in progress Tuesday in a remote village, although nine villagers died, residents said. The attack began before dawn when Lendu tribal fighters armed with automatic weapons and machetes raided this tiny village of the Hema tribe from two directions, chief Nguna Manasse said. The attackers came in two waves, Manasse said.
November 23, 2008 |
Eleven-year-old Protegee carried her sobbing niece on her back as they searched for relatives in a sea of people in eastern Congo. An Associated Press photograph of the girl -- using her filthy T-shirt to wipe the tears from her face as 3-year-old Reponse clung to her neck and wailed -- prompted hundreds of e-mails from people around the world hoping to help them. I returned to Kiwanja to try to reunite the girls with family and even succeeded in finding them. But it turned out that in Congo a sympathetic outsider can't solve all problems.
May 27, 2003 |
From the safety of a United Nations compound ringed with razor wire and guarded by Uruguayan peacekeepers in armored vehicles, refugees described two weeks of massacres that have taken place in this town in the northeastern corner of Congo. "We saw people with their throats cut, with their bellies open, bodies from which the hearts had been removed," said Japhet M'Balissaga, a 25-year-old university student sitting under the yellow glow of a plastic makeshift tent.
June 22, 2004 |
Congo on Monday denied claims by neighbor and rival Rwanda that it was massing troops for an attack, and international diplomatic pressure built to avert what one African leader called a "potentially catastrophic war" in Central Africa. Congo's defense minister said his country was sending 5,000 troops east to provinces bordering Rwanda -- Congo's chief enemy in a devastating five-year war -- but insisted the deployment was to quell former rebels on its soil, not to invade Rwanda.