12 Dec 2018

Ebola vaccine is having ‘major impact’ but worries about Congo outbreak grow

“As an Ebola outbreak in a conflict-plagued region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to spread after 4 months, there’s a glimmer of hope: An experimental Ebola vaccine appears to be helping the communities it reaches. More than 40,000 people have received the vaccine, by far the

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04 Dec 2018

Threat from Islamic State-Affiliated Group Reason DRC US Embassy Closed

The U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been closed for over a week due to “credible” terror threat against U.S. government facilities in the capital. The nature of the threat was previously unspecified, but a U.S. official speaking with VOA under the condition of anonymity has

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30 Nov 2018

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo now second worst in history

The Ebola outbreak in the middle of an ongoing crisis zone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has become the world’s second deadliest outbreak of the disease. To date, 426 cases and nearly 200 deaths have been recorded, still significantly less than the outbreak in West Africa from 2013-2016

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26 Nov 2018

Congo terror threat: U.S. warns of “credible” terrorist threat in Democratic Republic of Congo

The US Embassy in the DRC announced over the weekend that it had received “credible and specific” information concerning a terrorist threat against U.S. facilities in the capital Kinshasa. The announcement did not provide details on the source of the threat, whether connected to ongoing rebel activities by the Islamist

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19 Nov 2018

Report: Islamic State Financier Paid Money to Eastern Congo Rebel Group

“An Islamist rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo received money from a financier linked to Islamic State, suggesting tentative ties between the Congo insurgents and other jihadists in Africa and beyond, a report said on Thursday. Islamist ‘financial facilitator’ Waleed Ahmed Zein paid the Allied Democratic Forces at

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04 Nov 2018

Ebola case found in new DRC area as outbreak hits 285

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Eastern DRC has spread to a new area, located between the two already-infected zones. The outbreak has reached nearly 300 confirmed cases as attacks on health workers by militia’s have made access and treatment of many areas nearly impossible. This security challenge remains the

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19 Oct 2018

Mass Expulsion of Congolese from Angola Could Spark Humanitarian Crisis

“The United Nations refugee agency warns the mass expulsion of an estimated 200,000 Congolese from Angola into Congo’s unstable Kasai Central Province could trigger a humanitarian crisis. Ethnic tensions that triggered a brutal conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2016 are still running high.

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17 Oct 2018

WHO considering global health emergency over DRC Ebola outbreak

“WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has convened ‘an emergency committee’ on the current outbreak in DRC’s violence-torn North Kivu region, which has killed 135 people since August, the UN health agency said in a statement. ‘The committee will meet on October 17 in Geneva to ascertain whether the outbreak constitutes

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03 Oct 2018

DRC Ebola outbreak: WHO warns of “perfect storm”

The WHO has increased its risk assessment of the DRC’s ongoing ebola outbreak, and one that is now the seventh largest ebola outbreak in the history of the virus. 150 confirmed cases and 104 deaths have been reported, with health officials calling the situation a “perfect storm” that could spill

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25 Sep 2018

Ongoing DR Congo Ebola outbreak: Beni attack halts outreach work

Containment activities against the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Eastern DRC, the country’s second this year, have been disrupted due to a rebel attack in the city of Beni. Over 100 people have died in the current outbreak and health workers are struggling to contain further spread due to insecurity

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