In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, militiamen use sexual violence as a tool of war—at the height of the country’s decades-long conflict, 48 Congolese women every hour were raped. Congolese surgeon and gynecologist Denis Mukwege, who founded a hospital in the epicenter of the violence, has treated tens of thousands of victims—some of them children of rape themselves.
DR Congo at ‘Critical Juncture,’ Amid Rising Political Tensions – UN Envoy Tells Security Council
UN News Centre
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is at a critical juncture, with rising political tensions ahead of elections which could lead to violence if left unaddressed, the top United Nations official in the country warned the Security Council today, while highlighting key issues for consideration as it renews the UN’s mandate there.
Jean-Pierre Bemba: DR Congo Ex-Warlord Guilty of War Crimes
Former Congolese rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba has been found guilty of war crimes in a landmark trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Bemba, 53, was accused of failing to stop his rebels from killing and raping people in neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002 and 2003.
Congo Extradites Key Suspect in Rwanda Genocide
Voice of America
The Democratic Republic of Congo is extraditing one of the most wanted suspects in the Rwandan genocide to face charges for his crimes. Ladislas Ntaganzwa was arrested in eastern Congo last year and was transferred into U.N. custody early Sunday before being sent to the Rwandan capital, Kigali.
Congo Army Involved in Attacks on Civilians, Group Says
Thomas Wilson | Bloomberg News
Members of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s army have been involved in attacks on civilians in the country’s northeast that have left more than 500 people dead since 2014, the Congo Research Group said.