Congo (DRC)

Record 50.8 million people internally displaced in 2019

By Jean Shaoul, 2 May 2020

The plight of tens of millions of internally displaced people is virtually ignored, attracting little global attention during the escalating global pandemic.

Renewed Ebola outbreak threatens the Congo as COVID-19 spreads

By Anthony Torres, 23 April 2020

Already afflicted by a growing COVID-19 pandemic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen three new Ebola cases including two deaths in recent weeks.

Apple, Microsoft and Google among five companies sued over deaths of Congolese child miners

By Sam Dalton, 4 January 2020

Apple, Alphabet, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla are all accused in a lawsuit filed last month of knowingly using cobalt mined by children as young as six.

Analysis of Congo election data points to “huge fraud” in vote tally

By Eddie Haywood, 17 January 2019

An extensive set of data leaked to the Financial Times has revealed a clear case of massive electoral fraud.

Felix Tshisekedi declared victor in disputed presidential election in Congo

By Eddie Haywood, 14 January 2019

Heavily-armed riot police were deployed outside the electoral commission’s headquarters in Kinshasa ahead of the announcement.

Trump deploys troops to central Africa following disputed Congo election

By Eddie Haywood, 7 January 2019

Washington is making it clear that it intends to install a pliant government in Kinshasa that will ensure that America’s economic interests are secured.

Surging violence and political crisis in Congo

By Thomas Gaist and Eddie Haywood, 6 February 2018

The year-old civil war in central Congo’s Kasai provinces is now producing more refugees than the wars in Iraq and Syria.

Rebels attack UN base in Congo, killing 20 soldiers

By Eddie Haywood, 11 December 2017

Armed militants carried out a raid on a UN base in Eastern Congo early Thursday, killing 15 UN soldiers and five troops with the Congolese army.

Violence surges in central Congo’s Kasai province

By Timotheos Gaist, 13 July 2017

Some twenty villages have been destroyed, nearly 4,000 civilians killed, and more than 1 million displaced in Kasai since last year.

Discovery of mass graves highlights bloody scramble for Congo’s resources

By Eddie Haywood, 27 April 2017

Conflict between the Congolese military and a local militia has resulted in a mass internal displacement in the Kasai Province, with millions fleeing the region for Angola and other areas of the Congo.

Reports expose widespread use of child labor in the Congo

By Eddie Haywood, 23 March 2017

The horrific labor practices uncovered in the DRC are not an isolated occurrence but rather the predominant reality inflicted by the capitalist system on workers around the globe.

Unrest in the Congo: Political turmoil rocks Kinshasa

By Eddie Haywood, 24 September 2016

Washington’s concern is for the vast mineral wealth of the Congo, and for the existence of a reliable and pliant regime in Kinshasa to facilitate its exploitation.

Britain’s involvement in assassination of Congo’s Lumumba confirmed

By Jean Shaoul, 18 April 2013

A senior British politician has revealed Britain’s involvement in the 1961 assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo’s first prime minister.

Rebel soldiers advance in Congo

By Ernst Wolff, 27 November 2012

Rebel soldiers attached to the Movement M 23 are continuing to advance in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

US threatens Rwandan President Kagame over support for Congolese rebels

By Eddie Haywood, 2 August 2012

The US Office of Global Justice warned the Rwandan government last week that it could face prosecution on war crimes charges.

Fifty years since the murder of Patrice Lumumba

By Tom Eley, 22 January 2011

The brutal murder of the leader of the Congolese anti-colonial struggle, Patrice Lumumba, remains among the most revealing crimes committed by US imperialism.

Train derails in Republic of the Congo, killing at least 60

By Scott Martin, 23 June 2010

A train derailment late Monday night in the Republic of the Congo killed at least 60 people and injured 450, highlighting the problems caused by chronic underfunding and poor maintenance of the railways.

UN denies complicity in Congo human rights abuses after leaked report

By Brian Smith, 1 December 2009

The United Nations has denied complicity in human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo after its own report was leaked to the press.

Letters from our readers

13 November 2008

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

Renewed war in Congo as conflict over minerals spirals

By Ann Talbot, 6 November 2008

An estimated quarter of a million people have been driven from their homes amid renewed fighting in Congo’s northeastern Kivu provinces as rivalries between the major powers and their local proxies have escalated in this mineral-rich area.

Congo peace talks revived after Kabila's assassination

By Chris Talbot, 23 February 2001

Following the assassination of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Laurent Kabila last month, his son Joseph has been at the centre of Western-inspired peace initiatives.

The Congo: Unanswered questions surround Kabila's assassination

By Chris Talbot, 25 January 2001

Thirty days of official mourning began in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the burial on Wednesday of the country's assassinated president, Laurent Kabila. The presidency was assumed almost immediately by his son Joseph, previously head of the armed forces, in what the ruling clique in Kinshasa has termed an “interim government”.

WSWS correspondence on the Congo

28 July 2000

The World Socialist Web Site received the following letter in response to articles on the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). See:

Congo peace deal reveals continuing instability

By Chris Talbot, 31 August 1999

All the participants in the Congo war, including six outside countries, the present embattled Kabila regime of the Democratic Republic of Congo and three rebel factions, finally agreed to the cease-fire agreement laid down in the Lusaka, Zambia accord of July 10. The six countries involved are Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi—who have backed the rebels—and Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe, who have backed Kabila.

Congo War Drags On—Uganda and Chad pull out

By Chris Talbot, 14 May 1999

After nine months of a war that has engulfed much of central Africa and directly involved at least eight surrounding countries, two of the main participants fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire) have pulled out. Uganda, which was backing the rebels, and Chad, which came to the support of President Laurent-Desire Kabila, have withdrawn after a deal reached under the auspices of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi in Sirte in April.