In a statement, the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) appealed to the DRC’s election commission to “uphold its promises, made before God and before the nation, to offer the nation the truth, and nothing but the truth, of the ballot box.” read more
Late voters check the voting list in a school in Kinshasa, during Democratic Republic of Congo’s general elections. After two years of delays, crackdowns and political turmoil, the country voted on December 30 in presidential elections that will determine the future of Africa’s notoriously unstable giant.
A South African soldier from the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) takes his position as gun fire erupts close by outside Oicha. “I am always anticipating an attack,” said Maijeke, a soldier, of how it feels to be in the DRC’s “triangle of death”, as part of a UN peacekeeping force helping the Congolese army hunt down a militia group slaughtering civilians.
The outbreak, first detected in northwest Congo in April, was dealt with rapidly by the World Health Organization and Congolese authorities, including the deployment of an experimental vaccine given to over 3,300 people. read more
Ivan, a 5-year-old, sits suffering with cholera and malaria in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Uganda. Nearly 70,000 people from the Democratic Republic of Congo have fled to Uganda this year due to ethnic violence and now face a cholera outbreak in settlements that has left at least 42 dead, more than 2,000 severely affected and health workers rushing to stem the spread.
Alphonsime Mojetha, 54, recovers in a hospital room in Bunia, after an attack on her village where she lost her children, and received severe lacerations to her head, arms and hands from a machete attack. The assailants came in waves. First came the ones who killed. Then those who torched homes. And finally, the ones who looted anything of value. Ahead of them, terrorised villagers fled for their lives.