Guest blog: L’or contesté de Mukungwe – minerais de paix ou de conflit

L’or contesté de Mukungwe – minerais de paix ou de conflit Vianney Cubaka Muderhwa A l’est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), une majorité des sites miniers artisanaux sont qualifiés « rouges ». Dans ces sites, l’exploitation minière est liée à certains problèmes, tels que des dégâts humains et matériels suite à l’exploitation artisanale et … Continue reading

Rumblings galore after surprise results in Congo polls

It has been roughly 36 hours since the DRC’s independent electoral commission CENI has announced provisional results of presidential and provincial legislative elections (the third ballot, national legislative elections, still not published). Coming in at around 3am local time, the announcement had already been delayed a couple of days – as has been the ballot … Continue reading

Congo elections, a mixed picture across the Kivu provinces

On 30 December 2018, Congolese finally took to the country’s long-awaited national elections to cast ballots for their preferred presidential candidate as well as national and provincial MPs. In the run-up to the polls, significant polemic had evolved around numerous questions and the entire country held its breath in anticipation of what would come. The … Continue reading

Guest blog: Les dynamiques conflictuelles entre pêcheurs et polices maritimes sur le Lac Kivu

Cohésion ou tension ? Les dynamiques conflictuelles entre pêcheurs et polices maritimes sur le Lac Kivu Josaphat Musamba Bussy   A quel état appartient le Lac Kivu effectivement ? Depuis quelques années, les pêcheurs de  la ville de Bukavu, le centre de Birava, de Ishungu assistent impuissants à des actes d’arrestation, des cas d’expropriation des filets, d’interdiction … Continue reading

Guest blog: La CNPSC depuis l’assaut sur Uvira

Décryptage de la situation après la tentative d’assaut sur Uvira : quid de la CNPSC au Sud-Kivu? Oscar Dunia Abedi, chercheur indépendant   La Coalition nationale du peuple pour la souveraineté du Congo (CNPSC) est un mouvement initialement fondé en 2013 et resurgi depuis mi-2016 après une existence dormante pendant plusieurs années, sous le commandement de … Continue reading

12 March 2017 – the murder of Zaida and Michael

On 12 March 2017 – one year ago ago – two members of the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) disappeared in the country’s Kasai region while they were investigating an insurrection against the Congolese government known as Kamuina Nsapu. On a mission to investigate potential sanctions violations, which has … Continue reading

Unearthing the flaws in the Board of Inquiry report on the murder of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan

(For a PDF version of the below text, click here) In sequence to the violent upsurge in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Kasai region since late 2016, the UN Security Council-mandated Group of Experts on the DRC (GoE) began investigating violations of International Humanitarian Law in the concerned region. During their field investigations, … Continue reading

MONUSCO mourns most deadly attack in recent peacekeeping history

Much of yesterday night’s event around MONUSCO’s military base near Semuliki river remain subject to a much deeper analysis that should be carried out quickly. However, the few things that we seem to know at this point paint a daunting picture of what is the most deadly attack on UN peacekeeping in the Congo. This attack … Continue reading

New mapping & biographies of armed groups in eastern Congo

Two years past our last mapping, the newly established Kivu Security Tracker launches. It will host the most recent armed group mapping for eastern Congo, dated October 2017, and following previous exercises by suluhu throughout the past four years. This time, thanks to network built around the Kivu Security Tracker project, the mapping will feature … Continue reading

Putting the Kamanyola killings into perspective

(screenshot of Kamanyola area, Google Maps with amendments) On 15 September 2017 in the afternoon, the Congolese border town Kamanyola witnessed the deadliest killing spree that has occured in South Kivu’s Ruzizi Plains since 2014’s Mutarule carnage. At least 36 Burundian refugees and two Congolese (a soldier and a policeman) were killed in what seemed … Continue reading