News from the DRC and our Partners
Read this interview with the Congolese President Joseph Kabila in Der Spiegel by Batholomäus Grill and Susanne Koelbl. Photos by Daniel Etter.
Read this article from Newsweek by Connor Gaffey about the ramifications of the death of two U.N. workers in the DRC earlier this year.
Read this article by Anjan Sundaram in the New York Times on the current president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and issues facing the country.
Political tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo rose throughout 2016 as President Joseph Kabila made clear he had no intention of relinquishing power at the end of his term. His attempts to change the constitution and to delay elections were met with civilian protests and international sanctions. Kabila’s last legitimate day in office was both hoped-for and feared. Would he step down?
We are deeply concerned about our brothers and sisters in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On Monday, December 19, President Joseph Kabila’s second and final term in office was to end with the inauguration of a democratically elected successor. He is unlikely to step down. Congolese activists are ready to step up and take to the streets. We hope for peace and know that violence is possible.
On October 14th, the United States Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Tom Pierrello, visited Mwendo Congo partner organization Let Africa Live's (LAV) center in Bukavu.