DR Congo: Renewed Outbreak of Ebola in Equateur Province
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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…

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

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

DR Congo: Cardinal Tagle to Represent Pope at Eucharistic Congress
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DR Congo: Cardinal Tagle to Represent Pope at Eucharistic Congress

The appointment of Cardinal Tagle to represent Pope Francis at the Congress was made public Wednesday, March 18 at the Vatican and published by the Holy See Press Office. Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Tagle, while serving the Archbishop of Manila, Philippines, as the head of Propaganda Fide Prefect in December 2019, taking over from Fernando Cardinal…

DR Congo: End of Ebola Outbreak – Lessons Learnt
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DR Congo: End of Ebola Outbreak – Lessons Learnt

Innovative medical technologies (vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics) are not enough to prevent and contain epidemics. What’s needed is the inclusion of social science as an important component of outbreak management. What I mean by this is that communities need to be engaged and empowered as primary partners in preparing and responding to an outbreak. But…

DR Congo: Bishops Castigate Government
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DR Congo: Bishops Castigate Government

In their collective statement, the Bishops in DRC have expressed concerns over corruption in the government saying, “we are witnessing the unjustifiable and scandalous enrichment of a handful of political actors at the expense of the vast majority of the population.” “To make matters worse, these misappropriations are the work of the very people who…

Catholics in Scotland Come to the Aid of Victims of Sexual Violence in DR Congo
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Catholics in Scotland Come to the Aid of Victims of Sexual Violence in DR Congo

In 2010, Margot Wallstrom, the UN’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, called the DR Congo the “rape capital of the world.” This Lent, Catholics in Scotland are being asked to help the victims of sexual violence in the Congo through the Wee Box campaign sponsored by the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF). …………………..

Basankusu, DR Congo: Rampant Infant Malnutrition
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Basankusu, DR Congo: Rampant Infant Malnutrition

Two to five out of ten children, or 20 to 50%, from zero to five years suffer from chronic malnutrition, said experts from the National Nutrition Program (PRONANUT). These figures were released Tuesday, February 18, after a two-day workshop on the Revitalized Pre-School Consultation (PSC), which is being held in Mbandaka, Equator Province. According to…

Contradictions of the Congo Seen through the Eyes of a Poet
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Contradictions of the Congo Seen through the Eyes of a Poet

You describe scenes in which a mother and her daughter have to trek for several days through the forest, fleeing fighting. Is this something you have lived and what are the threats to their existence as they run for their lives? I have not lived through this. My own experience of growing up orphaned at…