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An adult bonobo stares into the camera at Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary at Petites Chutes De La Lukaya, in the Democratic Republic of CongoPicture: Martin Harvey / Barcroft Media

An adult bonobo stares into the camera at Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary at Petites Chutes De La Lukaya, in the Democratic Republic of CongoPicture: Martin Harvey / Barcroft Media

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Richard Mosse: Infra

The decades of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo have taken an unimaginable toll on the country, over 5.4 million deaths, and 400,000 rapes. This climate of perpetual violence, without clear heroes but with unimaginable numbers of victims, defies concise summary. Using infrared film developed by the US Millitary, Richard Mosse transports the soldiers and surrounding jungles of the Congo into an uncanny fluorescent and rose tinted reality. The human eye is blind to the light captured here. Infra confronts the blindspots of documentary photography in the face of political disorder, and attempts a stark reconsideration of the most violent war since World War II.

Infra is on view at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, starting tomorrow, through October 21. To see more from the series, as well as the photographer, visit richardmosse.com.

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dynamicafrica:

breakingnews:

New monkey species identified in Democratic Republic of Congo
Guardian:A new species of monkey has been identified in Africa in what is only the second time such a discovery has been made on the continent in 28 years. The finding is considered significant because the identification of mammals new to science is rare.
‘Lesula,’ as the monkey is known locally, has a naked face and mane of long blond hairs. Researchers say it is a shy and quiet creature that lives on the ground and in trees in a habitat of lowland rainforests.The animal’s diet consists of mostly fruit and vegetation.
Photo: A new species of monkey, known locally as the lesula. (Hart JA, Detwiler KM, Gilbert CC/PA)

ETA: A more fitting heading: Monkey species in the Democratic Republic of Congo identified by Western scientists as researchers, however, the locals probably already knew most of the information released in the report from the ‘new’ discovery.
Or something like that.

dynamicafrica:

breakingnews:

New monkey species identified in Democratic Republic of Congo

Guardian:A new species of monkey has been identified in Africa in what is only the second time such a discovery has been made on the continent in 28 years. The finding is considered significant because the identification of mammals new to science is rare.

‘Lesula,’ as the monkey is known locally, has a naked face and mane of long blond hairs. Researchers say it is a shy and quiet creature that lives on the ground and in trees in a habitat of lowland rainforests.The animal’s diet consists of mostly fruit and vegetation.

Photo: A new species of monkey, known locally as the lesula. (Hart JA, Detwiler KM, Gilbert CC/PA)

ETA: A more fitting heading: Monkey species in the Democratic Republic of Congo identified by Western scientists as researchers, however, the locals probably already knew most of the information released in the report from the ‘new’ discovery.

Or something like that.

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fotojournalismus:

Rwandan refugees in Goma, Zaire, June 28, 1997.
[Credit : Alexandra Boulat]

fotojournalismus:

Rwandan refugees in Goma, Zaire, June 28, 1997.

[Credit : Alexandra Boulat]

#Alexandra Boulat   #photojournalism   #rwanda   #zaire   #DRC   #history   #refugee   #africa   #queue   #war   #civil war  
doctorswithoutborders:

Over the past three years, MSF teams have witnessed a rather astonishing rise in the number of malaria cases in Democratic Republic of Congo. For its part, MSF is now responding to outbreaks in six separate provinces in the east and north of the country, but a wider, more concerted effort is urgently needed to battle this potentially fatal disease that traditionally afflicts the young and the infirm. Learn more. Infographic by will owen

doctorswithoutborders:

Over the past three years, MSF teams have witnessed a rather astonishing rise in the number of malaria cases in Democratic Republic of Congo. For its part, MSF is now responding to outbreaks in six separate provinces in the east and north of the country, but a wider, more concerted effort is urgently needed to battle this potentially fatal disease that traditionally afflicts the young and the infirm. Learn more.

Infographic by will owen

#malaria   #drc   #congo   #disease   #health   #public health   #queue  
doctorswithoutborders:

A Potential Time Bomb of High Infection Rates and Drug Resistant Strains of Malaria On April 25, the annual World Malaria Day, many health organizations will highlight important gains in fighting this deadly disease that claims more than one million lives every year. But despite notable progress in innovation and investment, MSF continues to see continuously high rates of malaria in several African countries. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), MSF has observed infection rates above emergency thresholds in several zones over the last six months, which can be largely attributed to a dysfunctional surveillance system, the failure of the health system to respond to elevated levels of malaria, poor organization, and lack of diagnostic testing and drugs.DRC 2011 © Robin Meldrum A mother and child in the pediatric ward of Niangara hospital.

doctorswithoutborders:

A Potential Time Bomb of High Infection Rates and Drug Resistant Strains of Malaria

On April 25, the annual World Malaria Day, many health organizations will highlight important gains in fighting this deadly disease that claims more than one million lives every year. But despite notable progress in innovation and investment, MSF continues to see continuously high rates of malaria in several African countries. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), MSF has observed infection rates above emergency thresholds in several zones over the last six months, which can be largely attributed to a dysfunctional surveillance system, the failure of the health system to respond to elevated levels of malaria, poor organization, and lack of diagnostic testing and drugs.

DRC 2011 © Robin Meldrum
A mother and child in the pediatric ward of Niangara hospital.

#world malaria day   #malaria   #health   #public health   #disease   #drc  
fotojournalismus:

A Congolese woman carrying her baby casts her vote in Goma during the presidential and legislative elections on November 28, 2011. The Democratic Republic of Congo held national elections Monday under a cloud of violence after clashes on the final day of campaigning left at least two people died.
[Credit : Simon Maina/AFP/Getty]

fotojournalismus:

A Congolese woman carrying her baby casts her vote in Goma during the presidential and legislative elections on November 28, 2011. The Democratic Republic of Congo held national elections Monday under a cloud of violence after clashes on the final day of campaigning left at least two people died.

[Credit : Simon Maina/AFP/Getty]

doctorswithoutborders:

Poverty, lack of access to food and healthcare, underpin malnutrition in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. And the war, often referred to as “The Forgotten War”, makes the situation only that much worse. In the Starved for Attention film “The Malnutrition That Shouldn’t Be,” photojournalist Franco Pagetti reveals the daily struggle to survive in North Kivu’s forbidding bush and teeming, fetid displaced persons camps, where food is scarce and the people are on edge, ready to run at a moment’s notice.
This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition to help us rewrite the story.
Photo: Democratic Republic of Congo 2009 © Franco Pagetti/VII

doctorswithoutborders:

Poverty, lack of access to food and healthcare, underpin malnutrition
in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. And the war, often referred to as “The Forgotten War”, makes the situation only that much worse. In the Starved for Attention film “The Malnutrition That Shouldn’t Be,” photojournalist Franco Pagetti reveals the daily struggle to survive in North Kivu’s forbidding bush and teeming, fetid displaced persons camps, where food is scarce and the people are on edge, ready to run at a moment’s notice.

This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition to help us rewrite the story.

Photo: Democratic Republic of Congo 2009 © Franco Pagetti/VII

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caraobrien:

Postcards from Hell, 2011: Images from the world’s most failed states
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ohscience:

This pregnant frog with translucent skin is one of five “lost” amphibian species recently rediscovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

ohscience:

This pregnant frog with translucent skin is one of five “lost” amphibian species recently rediscovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

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crookedindifference:


Rape of women in DR Congo ‘tops 1000 a day’: Average of 48 females aged 15-49 are raped every hour in DR Congo, 26 times more than previously thought, study reports.

This is beyond horrible. There are no words. More than 1,100 women are raped every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), resulting in more than 400,000 women in a 12-month period.

“In addition, Human Rights Watch reported that sexual violence in 2009 doubled in comparison with 2008. If this assessment is accurate, then the current prevalence of sexual violence is likely to be even higher than our estimates suggest.”

Help stop this by taking action with V-Day. 
Follow the link to learn many different ways to help. Help create the City of Joy.

crookedindifference:

Rape of women in DR Congo ‘tops 1000 a day’Average of 48 females aged 15-49 are raped every hour in DR Congo, 26 times more than previously thought, study reports.

This is beyond horrible. There are no words. More than 1,100 women are raped every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), resulting in more than 400,000 women in a 12-month period.

“In addition, Human Rights Watch reported that sexual violence in 2009 doubled in comparison with 2008. If this assessment is accurate, then the current prevalence of sexual violence is likely to be even higher than our estimates suggest.”

Help stop this by taking action with V-Day.

Follow the link to learn many different ways to help. Help create the City of Joy.

(via caraobrien)

#drc   #congo   #rape   #war  
mabelmoments:

DR Congo blocks Soco from oil search in Virunga park
The Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected a bid by the UK’s Soco International to search for oil in the famous Virunga National Park, home to rare mountain gorillas.

mabelmoments:

DR Congo blocks Soco from oil search in Virunga park

The Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected a bid by the UK’s Soco International to search for oil in the famous Virunga National Park, home to rare mountain gorillas.

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#DRC   #endangered species   #africa   #gorilla   #oil  

fyeahafrica:

A military court in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo investigating a case of mass rape has sentenced Lt Col Kibibi Mutware to 20 years in jail.

He was found guilty of crimes against humanity for sending his troops to rape, beat up and loot from the population of Fizi on New Year’s Day.

Forty-nine women came to testify in the court in in Baraka.

The BBC’s Thomas Hubert says it is the first conviction of a commanding officer for rape in eastern DR Congo.

Humanitarian agencies regularly cite government troops as the largest single group of perpetrators of widespread sexual violence in the Kivu region, says our reporter, who is in the town of Baraka, not far from Fizi.

Sitting in a mobile court in Baraka, the military judges also sentenced three officers serving under Lt Col Kibibi to 20 years and five soldiers to between 10 and 15 years.

Unusual testimonies

Lt Col Kibibi Mutware is one of many former rebels who joined the army as part of peace agreements in 2009.

More than 60 women were raped on 1 January in Fizi.

Our reporter says it is unusual for such large numbers of victims in eastern DR Congo to be willing to testify against their rapists.

Ahead of the verdict, many of them gathered at the rape victims’ centre in Fizi.

“I was fleeing the violence but unfortunately I met four soldiers, ” a 29-year-old mother of five told the BBC about the events on New Year’s day.

“They began to tear the pants I was wearing. They took my child from my arms and left him on the ground. Then they had sex with me.”

In August 2010, rebel forces were accused of raping hundreds of women, girls, men and boys around the town of Luvungi.

The UN recorded some 11,000 rapes in 2010 - the true figure is believed to be much higher.

Our reporter says since January there have been other reports of sexual violence in an area where the Rwandan FDLR rebels are still active, 40km (about 25 miles) from Fizi.

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says it is planning to deploy a mobile clinic to the area on Monday after receiving credible reports of 30 new rapes last week.

It says it has treated more than 70 victims of rapes in two similar incidents in the area between 19 January and 4 February.


There’s a little bit of justice left in this world.

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mohandasgandhi:

Four armed men barged into Anna Mburano’s hut, slapped the children and threw them down. They flipped Mrs. Mburano on her back, she said, and raped her, repeatedly.

It did not matter that dozens of United Nations peacekeepers were based just up the road. Or that Mrs. Mburano is around 80 years old.

“Grandsons!” she yelled. “Get off me!”

As soon as they finished, they moved house to house, along with hundreds of other marauding rebels, gang-raping at least 200 women.

What happened in this remote, thatched-roof village on July 30 and continued for at least three more days has become a searing embarrassment for the United Nations mission in Congo. Despite more than 10 years of experience and billions of dollars, the peacekeeping force still seems to be failing at its most elemental task: protecting civilians.

The United Nations’ blue-helmets are considered the last line of defense in eastern Congo, given that the nation’s own army has a long history of abuses, that the police are often invisible or drunk and that the hills are teeming with rebels.

But many critics contend that nowhere else in the world has the United Nations invested so much and accomplished so little. What happened in Luvungi, with nearby peacekeepers failing to respond to a village under siege, is similar to a massacre in Kiwanja in 2008, when rebels killed 150 people within earshot of a United Nations base.

“Congo is the U.N.’s crowning failure,” said Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues,” whose advocacy group, V-Day, has been working with Congolese women for years.

She blamed poor management, bad communication and racism. “If the women being raped were the daughters or wives or mothers of the power elites,” she said, “I can promise you this war would have ended about 12 years ago.”

United Nations officials admitted that the peacekeepers failed to respond fast enough to Luvungi, though they said the primary responsibility fell on the Congolese Army, which continues to be in grievous disarray.

“I felt personally guilty and guilty toward the people I met there,” said Atul Khare, the assistant secretary general for peacekeeping, who recently visited Luvungi. “They told me, ‘We’ve been raped, we’ve been brutalized, give us peace and security.’ Unfortunately, I said, that is something I cannot promise.”

Within peacekeeping circles, Congo is becoming known as “the African equivalent of Afghanistan,” said Annika Hilding-Norberg, a director at the Peace Operations Training Institute in Virginia, because of the conflict’s enduring violence and complexity.

Paradoxically enough, the effort to integrate certain rebel groups into the Congolese Army — intended to help stabilize the region — may have supplied a motivation for the rapes, analysts say. The more fearsome and powerful an armed group can appear, the more concessions it can extract in negotiations.

“These guys are trying to boost their ranks, to colonel or general,” said Lt. Hamisi Delfonte, a police officer in Walikale, about a two-hour drive from Luvungi.

The other day, several government soldiers suddenly unshouldered their rifles, clicked off their safeties and started chasing a man in camouflage pants through the middle of town. All heads swiveled in the same direction. Children broke away. “They’re going to kill that guy,” someone said.

But the soldiers did not shoot, and it was soon clear why. The fleeing man was an army major who had just pulled the pin on his grenade. It all stemmed from a dispute over 50 cents. The man was eventually talked down and arrested.

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For more information please visit:

United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO)

The International Rescue Committee in Democratic Republic of Congo

The ICRC in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Events in the Congo comprise one of the greatest ongoing human rights atrocities and due to lack of media attention the average person is unaware. Learn more, spread awareness, and do anything in your power to help. The rebel armies use rape as a weapon, as a means of enforcing power and subjugating women and their families. This has gone on far too long and must stop.

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