(DRC) LATEST: Suspected members of a feared Islamist militia killed 10 people in the eastern city of Beni overnight, the army said Thursday, prompting an anti-government protest with youths parading a victim’s body in the streets #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.08: The governments of the African states where jihad groups are active all seem either powerless to stop the jihadis or not interested in doing so.

#AceDailyNews says the Democratic Republic of Congo: Jihadists murder 10 people, prompting anti-government protest: “Islamist militia kill 10 in eastern DRC,” AP, July 5, 2021:

The attack “by ADF enemies” took place in Beni’s southeastern Rwangoma district, lieutenant Anthony Mualushayi told AFP, referring to the Allied Democratic Forces. “We lost 10 civilians,” he added.

An AFP correspondent saw 10 bodies in the morgue of Beni’s general hospital.

Local residents were shocked by the first attack in the Rwangoma district in December 2019.

Angry youths marched on the town hall, carrying a victim’s body and shouting slogans questioning the point of a “state of siege” imposed on May 6 with the aim of quelling ADF violence in North Kivu province as well as Ituri province to the north.

“We thought it was the light at the end of the tunnel, this state of siege,” Rwangoma resident Samuel Kalume told AFP.

“But after 18 months without an attack by the ADF in our neighbourhood, we’re back at square one. It’s very discouraging.”

The protesters shouted “State of siege = zero” and “FARDC = ADF”. FARDC is the name of DRC’s armed forces….

#AceNewsDesk report …..Published: July.08: 2021:

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(DRC) UN Peacekeeper Report: A female UN peacekeeper, along with at least five villagers were killed in an attack by a jihadist militia in the North Kivu province of eastern Congo #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.17: Despite the escalation of murderous activities by the invading jihadists, “the U.N. has consistently downplayed the strength and nature of Islamic State’s influence in Congo.”

DRC: Congo: Muslims raid village, killing female UN peacekeeper and five villagers: It happened during an attack on the village


“Islamist militia kills female peacekeeper in east Congo – U.N.,” Reuters, May 10, 2021:

A female peacekeeper and five villagers were killed in an attack by an Islamist militia in eastern Congo’s North Kivu province on Monday morning, the U.N. and a civil rights group said.

“A peacekeeper was killed in an attack by alleged ADF in the Beni region,” said MONUSCO, the U.N. peacekeeping mission, which has deployed around 12,000 troops to contain violence by more than 120 armed groups in the east of the country.

A local civil rights group said separately that fighters with the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist armed group with Ugandan origins, raided the village of Kilia killing five people.

The village, which is around 18km southeast of Beni, also hosts a temporary U.N. base.

In March the United States labelled the ADF a foreign terrorist organization because of alleged links to Islamic State group, although the U.N. has consistently downplayed the strength and nature of Islamic State’s influence in Congo….

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.17: 2021:

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(DRC) LATEST: Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 23 civilians in an overnight raid on a village near Beni in eastern the provincial governor’s office said on Wednesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.03: It blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan militia active in eastern Congo since the 1990s. The authorities have blamed the ADF for the deaths of hundreds of people since 2014:

Democratic Republic of Congo: Islamists murder at least 23 civilians in overnight raid on village: The death toll was still provisional as the search for bodies continued in Manyama-Moliso, north of the city of Beni, the North Kivu governor’s office said on Twitter.

“Suspected Islamists kill 23 civilians in eastern Congo,” Reuters, April 1, 2021:

The group has stepped up reprisals against civilians since Congo’s army launched a fresh offensive in late 2019.

The United States designated the ADF a foreign terrorist organisation earlier this month, accusing it of links to Islamic State. U.N. experts in Congo, however, have not found evidence of a direct relationship between the two groups….

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.03: 2021:

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(DRC) #HealthAlert WHO Report: MDA Campaign Launched: North Kivu’s, #DRC 🇨🇩 #Malaria outbreak has overburdened #Ebola responders: Up to 50% of people screened in Ebola treatment centers have been found to have #Malaria as early symptoms of both diseases are similar #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Nov.28: A spike in malaria cases is threatening the health of people in parts of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where health workers are also battling an Ebola outbreak: In response, a four-day mass drug administration (MDA) campaign was launched today in the Northern Kivu province town of Beni, with a target to reach up to 450 000 people with anti-malarial drugs combined with the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets #AceNewsDesk reports

The malaria control campaign is being led by the DRC National Malaria Control Programme, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the Global Fund and the United States President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI): The campaign is modelled after the campaign implemented in Sierra Leone during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which was instrumental in lowering illness and deaths from malaria in the areas reached.

“Controlling malaria is critical in areas like North Kivu, as it causes widespread disease and death, especially among the region’s children,” says Dr Yokouide Allarangar, WHO’s Representative to the DRC: “This anti-malaria campaign will also help reduce the pressure on the overall health system, which is currently striving to protect people from the ongoing Ebola threat in the region.”

One campaign impacting two diseases: North Kivu’s malaria outbreak has overburdened Ebola responders; many suspected cases of Ebola have turned out to be malaria, as early symptoms of both diseases are similar. Up to 50% of people screened in Ebola treatment centres have been found to only have malaria.

Therefore, the anti-malaria campaign has two main aims:

Firstly, the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets will prevent malaria transmission and its accompanying health consequences, thus saving lives.

Secondly, the mass drug administration will treat people who have already contracted malaria and curtail transmission of malaria among Ebola-affected populations and health centres. Having fewer people present with malaria will lessen the workload on already stretched Ebola treatment centres.

DRC’s malaria challenge

From 2016-2017, DRC observed an estimated increase of more than half a million malaria cases (24.4 million to 25 million), according to the WHO World malaria report 2018. DRC is the second-leading country in the world for malaria cases, after Nigeria, accounting for 11% of the 219 million cases and 435 000 deaths from malaria in 2017.

In North Kivu province, the area experiencing the brunt of the Ebola outbreak, there has already been an up to eight-fold increase in malaria incidence as of early September 2018 (or approximately 2000 cases registered per week) compared to the same period in 2017.

Despite recent improvements in coverage of malaria interventions, DRC continues to experience challenges in access to preventive and curative malaria interventions, as well as an environment that supports very high transmission rates. Funding, infrastructure challenges and insecurity are all key obstacles to achieving the intervention coverage needed to protect populations at risk.

North Kivu province is the epicentre of an Ebola outbreak that was announced on 2 August and has caused more than 365 cases and 236 deaths: The town of Beni has been one of the most affected. Political instability, violence, and a refugee and internally-displaced people crisis have made the current Ebola outbreak one of the most complex and difficult public health challenges in recent history.

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‘ International Team of Scientists Reconstruct the History of the HIV Pandemic Using Historical Records and DNA Samples of the Virus’

#AceNewsServices (Editors Choice) – October 03 – The HIV pandemic that has now infected 75 million people worldwide emerged in a “perfect storm” of bustling trade routes and migrant workers in central Africa in the 1920’s, researchers said in a study published in the Science journal.

An international team of scientists led by the University of Oxford in the UK and the University of Leuven in Belgium reconstructed the history of the HIV pandemic, using historical records and DNA samples of the virus, tracing it back to the city of Kinshasa, capital of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

' Map of Democratic Republic of Congo '

‘ Map of Democratic Republic of Congo ‘

Rapid social changes in the early 20th century, along with spreading prostitution and use of unsterilised needles in health clinics, resulted in transmission of the virus, which was also carried to distant parts of the Congo by millions of passengers who used the newly-built railway network, the study found.

' HIV Warning Poster '

‘ HIV Warning Poster ‘

This confluence of factors, including urban growth, extensive railway links during Belgian colonial rule and changes in sexual behaviour, combined to see HIV spread across the globe, the scientists said.

#ANS2014

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UNCHR : Reports that at least 98 People have Died and 41 were Recovered when a Boat Capsized on ` Lake Albert ‘ DRC’

#AceWorldNews – UGANDA – 24 March – At least 98 people died when a boat capsized on Lake Albert, which lies between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said on Monday.

“Based on information UNHCR has received so far from the authorities and refugees, 41 people were rescued and 98 bodies recovered” after Saturday’s disaster, AFP said, citing the refugee agency’s statement.

As many as 250 people may have been on board the boat,” the UNHCR said.

The vessel had been transporting Congolese refugees returning to their homeland from Uganda.

#ANS2014

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