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Congolese gunmen wound Belgian head of Africa's oldest park  2014-04-16
The director of Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga Park - Africa's oldest national park - survived an attack by unidentified gunmen while driving through the country's volatile eastern borderlands on Tuesday, a colleague said. Emmanuel de Merode, one of Africa's leading conservationists, was shot four times on the road linking the park's headquarters in Rumangabo to Goma, the capital of ...
Congo militia chief "Morgan" killed in army firefight - gov't  2014-04-15
By Peter Jones KINSHASA (Reuters) - A militia leader accused of kidnap, rape and cannibalism in Democratic Republic of Congo was killed on Monday alongside four other people during a firefight as he sought to escape his army captors, the government said. Paul Sadala, a poacher-turned-militia leader known as "Morgan" who operated in Congo's Orientale province, surrendered on Saturday with around ...
Congo militia chief 'Morgan' killed in army firefight: government  2014-04-14
By Peter Jones KINSHASA (Reuters) - A militia leader accused of kidnap, rape and cannibalism in Democratic Republic of Congo was killed on Monday alongside four other people during a firefight as he sought to escape his army captors, the government said. Paul Sadala, a poacher-turned-militia leader known as "Morgan" who operated in Congo's Orientale province, surrendered on Saturday with around ...
Rwanda arrests three for 'offences against state security'  2014-04-14
Police in Rwanda said Monday they had arrested three people on charges of threatening state security, among them a radio journalist and a famous peace activist musician. In a statement police said the three are accused of connections with the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), an opposition party in exile. They are also accused of "working for some time in collaboration with the FDLR", Rwandan Hutu ...
Musician, journalist arrested in Rwanda  2014-04-14
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Police in Rwanda said Monday they have arrested a journalist and a musician for alleged links to opposition groups.
Rwanda wasn't what I thought it would be  2014-04-13
When I first arrived in Rwanda's capital in 2012, I deliberately did not visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I did not want that experience to influence how I approached the country and its people.
Rwanda orphans school teaches unity post-genocide  2014-04-11
RWAMAGNA, Rwanda (AP) — Most of the kids in a school set amid the lush green, rolling hills of eastern Rwanda don't identify themselves as Hutu or Tutsi.
Burundi government denies arming supporters  2014-04-11
Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Burundi's government on Friday fiercely denied accusations that it was arming young supporters of the ruling party, amid renewed concerns over political violence in a nation still healing from decades of conflict. Local media have been quoting from an alleged internal United Nations report that reportedly sounded the alarm over "allegations" that members of the ...
U.N. warns Burundi leaders against stoking political violence  2014-04-11
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations warned on Thursday that Burundi leaders who have manipulated young people to stoke violence could face international prosecution if human rights abuses are committed. Planned constitutional amendments that could allow President Pierre Nkurunziza a third term and change power-sharing arrangements have stirred the worst political ...
US urges Burundi to drop constitution changes, avoid "dark days"  2014-04-09
By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - The United States urged Burundi's president on Tuesday to drop planned constitutional changes that could upset a delicate ethnic power balance, warning that the country risked a return to the "dark days" of civil war. Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations met President Pierre Nkurunziza - who might be allowed to run for a third term ...
U.S. urges Burundi to drop constitution changes, avoid 'dark days'  2014-04-08
By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - The United States urged Burundi's president on Tuesday to drop planned constitutional changes that could upset a delicate ethnic power balance, warning that the country risked a return to the "dark days" of civil war. Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations met President Pierre Nkurunziza - who might be allowed to run for a third term ...
Decades after genocide, Congo struggles to dislodge Rwanda rebels  2014-04-08
By Peter Jones TONGO Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda, a rebel group founded by ethnic extremists who took part in that slaughter still prowls the lush hills of neighbouring eastern Congo, defying a renewed threat by the army and U.N. peacekeepers to dislodge it. The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) sits at the heart of two ...
Wails, sobs: Rwanda marks 20 years since genocide  2014-04-07
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Displaying both pride and pain, Rwandans on Monday marked the 20th anniversary of a devastating 100-day genocide that saw packed churches set on fire and machete-wielding attackers chop down whole families from a demonized minority.
Rwanda 20 years later: A model for progress and reconciliation  2014-04-07
There are many ways to measure the progress that defines the past 20 years in Rwanda. And yet, often Rwanda does not always get good press and has been the subject of Western criticism over issues of governance. For those of us who work in Rwanda or who are engaged in serious academic research, this can be perplexing and frustrating. Because in spite of challenges still to meet, Rwanda has ...
Rwanda bars French envoy from genocide memorial after Paris pulls its minister  2014-04-07
A major diplomatic fallout between France and Rwanda underscores the fragility of the two countries' relationship as Rwanda marks the 20th anniversary of its genocide. The two nations butted heads this weekend after Rwandan President Paul Kagame criticized – once again –  France’s "participation" in the killings of 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 1994. In an interview with the weekly ...





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