Burundi landslides ‘kill 10’ near Bujumbura

At least 10 people are missing, feared dead, in Burundi after landslides which have destroyed hundreds of homes, officials say. Some 3,000 people have been left homeless, according to a BBC reporter who has been to the scene. Their houses were destroyed after mud and rocks, dislodged by the rain, plunged down the hillside. Reports […]

U.S. Issues Statement on the Adoption of the Compromise Electoral Law in DRC

U.S. Issues Statement on the Adoption of the Compromise Electoral Law in DRC

Jen Psaki Department of State Spokesperson Washington, DC January 25, 2015 The United States welcomes the Parliament of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s approval of electoral legislation that sets the country on course towards timely elections in line with its Constitution. We applaud the efforts of the National Assembly and the Senate to reach […]

Central African Republic: Catherine Samba-Panza seeks troops

Central African Republic: Catherine Samba-Panza seeks troops

New Central African Republic leader Catherine Samba-Panza has asked both European and African countries to send more troops to help restore order. The 59-year-old former mayor of the capital Bangui was elected by the interim parliament on Monday. About a million people – 20% of the population – have fled their homes during months of […]

Rwanda building collapse: Six dead and dozens injured

Rwanda building collapse: Six dead and dozens injured

Six people have died after a four-storey building in north-eastern Rwanda collapsed, the government says. The search and rescue mission has ended with no more people found trapped in the rubble, Rwandan police said in a statement on Wednesday. Officials said 18 people were being treated in hospital. Twelve others were discharged earlier after receiving […]

Congo militia boss Ngudjolo acquitted of war crimes at Hague

Congo militia boss Ngudjolo acquitted of war crimes at Hague

Former Congolese militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui has been acquitted by the International Criminal Court of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The case related to the 2003 killings of 200 residents of Bogoro village in the mineral-rich Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The court in the Hague heard reports of victims […]

Central Africa: Ten Countries Unite to Protect Rainforests

Central Africa: Ten Countries Unite to Protect Rainforests

Bujumbura — Ten central African countries have come together to protect the Congo Basin rainforest – the world’s second largest rainforest – from severe deforestation, through implementing improved national forest monitoring systems and boosting regional cooperation. The 18-month project, launched on 26 July, is managed by the Central Africa Forests Commission (COMIFAC) and the UN’s […]