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ECI News April 22, 2016

Congo Doctor Denis Mukwege Named Among TIME 100 Most Influential People Magdalena

Mis | Reuters 

Nobel-prize nominated Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, who treats war rape victims, was named by TIME magazine on Thursday as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.The 61-year-old doctor founded the Panzi Hospital in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 1999 to help women and girls who had been raped during the conflict then raging in the country.

International Bodies to Send Support Missions to DRC

Africa News 

The African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) are following closely the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), particularly in view of the upcoming set of elections in the country. The four partner organisations have underlined the crucial importance of the elections, whose peaceful, transparent, smooth and timely conduct would greatly contribute to consolidating the progress made in the DRC for more than a decade.

Car Bomb Kills Three in DR Congo

Alain Wandimoyi | Africa Review

Three people were killed in Bukavu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after a bomb exploded in their car late Friday, officials said. The bomb went off at around 7 pm (1700 GMT) on the main road that runs through Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province. “The victims are two women and a man who were in the vehicle,” said Evariste Manegabe, mayor of Ibanda commune where the incident happened, adding that an investigation had been launched.

DRC’s Path Forward Requires Unity

Amb. François Nkuna Balumuene | The Hill  

It is evident that much work will be required to prepare 75 million citizens spread across 900,000 square miles for an upcoming presidential election. It is also necessary to correct the misperception that the DRC government is not moving forward responsibly in this endeavor.In February 2015, the DRC’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) issued an electoral calendar establishing a timeline of activities to be completed in preparation for several elections in the DRC, including for president.

Democratic Republic of Congo Signs Deal to Protect Rainforest

John Aglionby | Financial Times  

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday signed a landmark $200m deal with donors to help the African nation protect the world’s second-largest rainforest, implement sustainable development policies and reduce carbon emissions. If all goes well over the next four years in what is the largest such integrated environmental-development initiative in Africa, Kinshasa can eventually expect to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in credits from its reduced emissions.