11th July 2020

DR Congo: Health Zone of Bolomba (Diocese of Basankusu) Registers 8 cases of Ebola

The Ebola virus epidemic continues to rage in Equateur province, where it was declared on June 1. According to the INRB bulletin of Tuesday July 7, 43 positive cases were reported with 18 deaths. After the town of Mbandaka, the epicenter, the epidemic affected four neighboring health zones. These 43 positive Ebola cases are spread across the five health zones affected by the epidemic. These … Read more

DR Congo – Belgium: The Difficulty of Facing up to the Colonial Past

The story is painfully well known to the Congolese. Under King Leopold’s rule, murder, mutilation and slavery were the hallmarks of the pursuit of the era’s most valuable new commodity: rubber. This was needed to replace the old “boneshaker” tyres on bicycles and cars with pneumatic tyres, invented by Dunlop, which allowed a much smoother ride. Source: The Africa Report Read more

DR Congo: ‘You Reap What You Sow’ – Bishops Make their Voice Heard

Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) – “We are convinced that the rule of law is based on democratic principles that are inspired not only by the power of the majority, but also by the recognition of fundamental moral values respectful of human dignity, life and intangible and inalienable rights from every man. A parliamentary majority, however legal it may be, loses its legitimacy when it is disconnected … Read more

DR Congo: Conflict Minerals

Fungamwaka – a mine in the east of Congo. These men work so that we can make telephone calls. They are mining coltan, which is indispensable for the production of mobile phones. The Democratic Republic of Congo is the world’s second-largest supplier of this rare mineral. Fungamwaka is a model mine. There is no child labour, state controls are carried out, taxes are paid. Those … Read more

DR Congo: 60 Years Independent

” We knew the ironies, the insults, the shots we had to suffer morning, noon and evening, because we were niggas.” Patrice Lumumba! Currently, we suffer in the hands of our own leaders, the Congolese. On awareness: Happy Independence Day to all my Congolese brothers and sisters. Patrick Lonkoy Bolengu mhm   Indépendance cha-cha, tozoui e Oh! Kimpwanza cha-cha, tubakidi Oh! Table Ronde cha-cha, ba … Read more

Basankusu, DR Congo: Hit by a Double – Ebola and Covid-19

In a message to Fr John Kirwan mhm the bishop of Basankusu, the Right Rev Joseph Mokobe Ndjoku, writes: It is becoming increasingly clear that the covid-19 pandemic is in the process of radically changing our manner of living and relating, the way we live our deepest convictions. I had to wait a while to respond to your message because I wanted to have a … Read more

DR Congo: Renewed Outbreak of Ebola in Equateur Province

The province of Equateur has just registered new cases of the Ebola virus disease, announced the Minister of Health, Eteni Longondo, Monday June 1 at a press conference in Kinshasa. “A new epidemic” of Ebola hemorrhagic fever has broken out in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Health Minister Eteni Longondo said on Monday. “Four people have already died,” the minister declared. The four deaths … Read more

DR Congo: Government Appoints Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo to Oversee Solidarity Fund against Covid-19

The statement from the office of President Tshisekedi further reads, “By placing men of God in the management of the FNSCC and members of civil society, Félix Tshisekedi expects that the 80 million Congolese will find satisfaction in the management of those who are supposed to preach by example.” For President Tshisekedi, appointing Church leaders at the helm of the Solidarity Fund “is a question … Read more

DR Congo: ‘We are Terrified of the Possible Spread of Covid-19 here in Congo’ – Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo

Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) – “We are terrified of the possible spread of covid-19 here in Congo; we have no means or logistical solutions to deal with it and it would be a disaster”: says Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, Archbishop of Kinshasa to Agenzia Fides, expressing his concern. First the Ebola nightmare, which has tormented the country since the summer of 2018, making thousands of victims, … Read more

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