· January, 2009

Stories about D.R. of Congo from January, 2009

DRC:Virunga Gorilla Population Has Grown

  27 January 2009

On Tuesday, 27 January 2009, D.R of Congo's Virunga National Park authorities issued a press release declaring that the population of habituated – or human tolerant – mountain gorillas in the Park had increased by 12.5% in the last 18 months (from August 2007 to January 2009) despite the fierce...

Uganda: Mountain Gorilla Population May Have Declined

  23 January 2009

We have always known that there are around 700 Mountain Gorillas still alive in the wild today – 336 of which are in Uganda - but a new study published in the journal New Scientist indicates that that might be a little optimistic. The 336 individuals said to be resident...

Conservation Through People

  22 January 2009

The core of conservation is the people who live adjacent to or inside conservation areas. It has therefore always been the goal of forward thinking conservationists to involve the local communities that surround the conservation areas that are under their charge. In Lubumbashi, DR of Congo, a chimpanzee rescue center,...

Angola: With Ebola Around the Corner, Borders Are Closed

  14 January 2009

The ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has not spread into Angola. To prevent it happening, the neighbouring country has shut down its borders with the DRC and suspended all migration movements to protect its population from the spread of this fatal virus. Clara Onofre reports.

The Killing Continues in DR Congo's Wildlife Parks

  14 January 2009

Reportedly, the fighting in North Kivu province of DR Congo has quieted down a little. Sporadic fighting however continues to claim lives. On WildlifeDirect blogs, there are reports of two incidents inside DR Congo's wildlife Parks in which people have been killed. Paula Kahumbu gives an analysis of various (mainstream)...

DR Congo: A musical roundup

  13 January 2009

With so much bad news coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo lately, we decided to show a different perspective on the country and looking at a completely different type of blogs for a change - those highlighting Congolese music.

DR Congo: ICC trial for Bemba?

  13 January 2009

Bana Congo [Fr] and Wronging Rights report that Jean-Pierre Bemba‘s confirmation of charges hearing began at the International Criminal Court on January 12. Bemba is alleged to be criminally responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) between October 25, 2002 and March...

Wildlife Tragedies and Happenings at WildlifeDirect Blogs

  11 January 2009

Attempts to flush out Uganda's Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group's leader, Joseph Kony, have not been very successful. Instead, the civilian casualties continue to pile up. One devastating tragedy for wildlife conservation, as reported on the conservation blog Baraza, was the attack on Garamba National Park rangers by the...

DR Congo: Containing the Ebola Outbreak

  11 January 2009

In late December an outbreak of the highly contagious Ebola virus was confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). The outbreak is believed to have infected more than 36 people, including at least 12 deaths. DR Congo is trying to contain the outbreak, while some neighboring countries are...

DR Congo: New mass killings, weak media attention

  6 January 2009

While fighting in North Kivu has been somewhat quiet of late, there have been reports of mass killings perpetrated by the Ugandan rebel group LRA in the Congolese Haut-Uélé region by the Sudanese border during the past two weeks. Meanwhile, media attention is elsewhere.

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