Report: DR Congo military leader involved in illegal timber trade

Report: DR Congo military leader involved in illegal timber trade

An investigative report from Global Witness accuses a high-ranking though disreputable military leader in Democratic Republic of Congo of acquiring illegally traded timber licenses in a matter of days, and then selling the associated company to a Chinese timber kingpin already operating in the country. General Gabriel Amisi Kumba is…

DR Congo: Good news, bad news on Ebola outbreak

DR Congo: Good news, bad news on Ebola outbreak

As of Saturday, the number of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo had risen to 1,240 cases – a troubling jump of more than 100 in one week – with 1,174 of them confirmed and 66 probable. The Congolese Ministry of Health reported 792 deaths, on the rise especially in…

In Oslo, EV makers pressed to consider DR Congo mining practices

The conditions in Democratic Republic of Congo’s artisanal mines were front and center on Thursday, as Nordic Electric Vehicle (EV) Summit in Oslo focused on the future of clean-energy vehicles that rely on lithium-ion batteries. That’s because Amnesty International highlighted concern over the ever-increasing demand for cobalt and other minerals…

DRC sees uptick in Ebola cases tied to security challenges

There’s been a rise in Ebola cases in Democratic Republic of Congo following weeks of overall decline, and that’s attributed to the volatile climate in the conflict zones of North Kivu and Ituri provinces. “This rise is not unexpected and likely due, in part, to the recently increased security challenges,…

MSF: Ebola victims are patients, not a biothreat

The Doctors Without Borders medical NGO says the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo is failing, because of increasing community mistrust but also because of a militarized stance toward communities and their patients. “Right now we are painting the Ebola epidemic as a security emergency,” said Dr. Joanne…

Ebola case count passes 900 mark in DR Congo outbreak

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has reached a new milestone, with the number of cases reported Wednesday by the country’s Ministry of Health now more than 900. The new total of 907 Ebola cases includes 841 confirmed cases and 66 probable. Another 223 suspected cases are under investigation in…

DRC Ebola death toll at 531 amid signs of progress

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has now claimed 531 lives, according to Thursday’s report from the Ministry of Health, with the overall number of cases set at 853. The new total includes 788 confirmed cases and 65 probable. Another 177 suspected cases are under investigation in what…

Baby in Bunia is latest case as DR Congo battles Ebola

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo, now in its seventh month, has spread to another health zone, making it 19 locations in all with this new case reported in Bunia in the conflict-prone Ituri province. “The case of Bunia is the 6-month-old baby of a woman from Katwa…

New milestone in DRC as Ebola cases reach 800, with 502 deaths

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has reached a new milestone, with the number of cases reported Friday by the country’s Ministry of Health rising to 800. The new total includes 739 confirmed cases and 61 probable. Another 178 suspected cases are under investigation in what is now the second-largest…

DRC’s Ebola cases rise to 759 with 468 fatalities

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has now claimed 468 lives, with the number of cases reported Friday by the country’s Ministry of Health rising to 759. The new total includes 705 confirmed cases and 54 probable. Another 178 suspected cases are under investigation in what is now the second-largest…