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Burundi: Target for ICC?

Bujumbura (Burundi) – The UN Commission of Inquiry released a report on Monday (September 4th). It requests the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes against humanity committed in Burundi. The Commission refers to “an organized plan in the pursuit of a common policy.” This is a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population.

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Joseph Kabila’s special relationship with South Africa

On June 25 this year, president Joseph Kabila travelled to Pretoria for the annual bi-national council between the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa (basically a regular cabinet-level meeting between two countries). Kabila is known for rarely leaving the country (aka his presidential residence). Some argue that it is due to fears surrounding his unpopularity for overstaying his presidential mandate, which officially ended last December.

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Educating Children One Radio Wave at a Time

Nigeria’s conflict has displaced more than a million children, leaving them without access to education. However, an innovative radio program aims to transform this bleak scenario. Concerned by the ongoing insecurity and its impacts, the UN’s children agency (UNICEF) created a radio program to help educate displaced children in the Lake Chad region.

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Burundi: Bujumbura Accused in Geneva

Bujumbura – “A deep and widespread sense of fear,” this is evidenced by the testimonies gathered by the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi. During the 35th session, an oral report was submitted. This is a second report to the Human Rights Council because the first one was presented at the March session.

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In ‘Maman Colonelle’ a Congolese policewoman takes on ghosts of the past

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In Kisangani, the third largest city of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the capital of its former Orientale Province, the legacies of state decay and conflict continue to affect the social fabric of society. Women and children, who frequently face abuse and rape, are the main victims of this legacy.

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China “at the bedside” of Burundi

Bujumbura (Burundi) – The Vice-President of the Republic of China, Li Younchao, was in Burundi for a three-day visit. This was the first visit of such a Chinese high ranking figure to Burundi since 1963 when cooperation between the two countries began. “A breath of fresh air for Bujumbura”, writes Iwacu.org.

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