International Women’s Unity SummitMarch 18, 2018
DRC April News RoundupMarch 18, 2018
“Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, food groups, hygiene… There were a lot of things that I had never heard of” -Maman Manga, devoted mother battling malnutrition.
While nursing her baby, this dedicated mother recalls her first pregnancy, when she was only 17. The baby’s first months were particularly arduous for the young girl as he was frequently sick and cried a lot. During a visit to her local health centre she finally learnt that her 8 month-old boy was suffering from malnutrition.
A photojournalism project by New York-based documentary photographer Alison Wright.
Customs officials in Thailand say they have made the biggest seizure of smuggled ivory in the country’s history. The consignment of elephant tusks weighed four tonnes and was tracked from the Democratic Republic of Congo over a two-month period. Officials said the multi- million dollar haul was going to Laos, from where they believed it would be sold to customers across Asia.
KINSHASA – Opposition parties in Democratic Republic of Congo threatened on Monday to boycott provincial elections this year unless voting rolls are first updated, the latest twist in a bitter dispute between the government and opposition.
Smuggling of ivory, gold and timber worth over a billion dollars a year is fuelling war by funding dozens of rebel groups in Democratic Republic of Congo, a UN report has warned. “Militarized criminal groups with transnational links are involved in large-scale smuggling” of “gold, minerals, timber, charcoal and wildlife products such as ivory” of up to $1.3 billion (1.2 billion euros) each year from eastern DRC, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said. The revenues finance at least 25 armed groups — but up to 49 according to some estimates — that “increasingly fuel the conflict” in the war-torn region, the report read.