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This is What We Die for: Child Labour in DR Congo Cobalt Mines

This film documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices. Using basic hand tools, miners dig out rocks from tunnels deep…

Our Lady of Stono. Amazing Story of Kongolese Freedom Fighters
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Our Lady of Stono. Amazing Story of Kongolese Freedom Fighters

September 8 is celebrated by Catholics as the feast of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It should also be honored in a special way by all Americans. Thirty-six years before Patrick Henry issued his famous 1775 call to rebellion—“Give me liberty, or give me death!”—a group of Black Catholics proclaimed the same message,…

DR Congo: Facing the Challenges of Covid and Conflict

DR Congo: Facing the Challenges of Covid and Conflict

DR Congo has one of the largest populations of internally displaced people on earth, and it’s one of the most under-reported conflicts in the world. There has been a consistent presence of armed groups in the North-East of the country for decades. In recent months, intense fighting and extreme violence in Ituri has resulted in…

DR Congo: Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Speaks Frankly at Episcopal Ordination
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DR Congo: Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Speaks Frankly at Episcopal Ordination

“There are many pastoral and social challenges in this Diocese. I am happy to have arrived here by road and what I have seen is unacceptable in a self-respecting country. You are a few kilometres from Kinshasa, but the misery I saw on the road to Popokabaka is incomprehensible,” the Cardinal recalled. He added, “The…

‘Rambled in the Volcano’: A Novel by Mill Hill Missionary Theology Student José Litako
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‘Rambled in the Volcano’: A Novel by Mill Hill Missionary Theology Student José Litako

I am José Litako Belengo Mill Mill theology student in Nairobi. I am from D. R. Congo. I am reaching out to you to inform you that i have written a novel which is already published and on the market. It was launched by our Rector Fr. Damien during the formation opening Mass. The tittle…

DR Congo: Threats against Peace Nobel Laureate Dr Denis Mukwege
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DR Congo: Threats against Peace Nobel Laureate Dr Denis Mukwege

Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi Tshilombo on Friday announced drastic measures to protect the doctor and Nobel prize winner Denis Mukwege. The gynecologist had called for a thorough investigation into the massive atrocities and crimes against humanity that took place with impunity in eastern DR Congo between 1993 and 2003. In late August, he had denounced…

DR Congo: The Effects of Covid-19
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DR Congo: The Effects of Covid-19

The Central African nation has recorded at least 9,538 COVID-19 cases, 8,421 recoveries and 225 related deaths. “Imagine living in a country where everything is imported from outside, now, there is nothing coming in,” CAFOD’s Country Director in DRC, Bernard Balibuno has been quoted as saying in a report published Thursday, August 13. The official continues in…

DR Congo: New Ebola Outbreak in Equateur Province Prompts Catholic Aid
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DR Congo: New Ebola Outbreak in Equateur Province Prompts Catholic Aid

Caritas Spain had been soliciting private donations for the last two years to fight the previous Ebola epidemic. The Spanish charity plans to allocate more than 23,000 euros to support the efforts of Caritas DRC, mainly in Equateur, with an awareness and prevention program to benefit an estimated 5,000 people. Training will focus on about…

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

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

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