Democratic Republic of Congo: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 9:48 am
Rwanda’s KivuWatt was developed by U.S. company ContourGlobal on the shores of Lake Kivu, an area of volcanoes that Rwanda wants to promote as a tourist destination. The lakes’s depths are home to a toxic methane gas known to suffocate humans when it escapes lake bottoms. A hi-tech barge is harnessing the poisonous methane gas from the depths and converting it into electricity for energy-poor Rwandans.
Dana Sanchez, 7:19 pm
Diamonds have been fetching record prices at auction lately as the world’s ultra-rich seek shelter from stock market volatility. Lucara wanted to sell its tennis ball-size diamond directly to a wealthy buyer to capitalize on the boom in gem prices. That bet didn’t pay off. Stocks and financial assets have been volatile, especially after the Brexit vote. So how do diamond sales benefit Botswana? In parts of Africa, diamonds are associated with bloodshed. Botswana’s diamond story is different.
Julia Austin, 6:31 pm AFKI Original
Nigerian TV personality Toke Makinwa married Maje Ayida in 2014. They barely knew each other a year before tying the knot, so their wedding came as a surprise to the public. They are in the throes of a divorce but nobody can deny they had a gorgeous wedding. Makinwa wore an April by Kunbi gown to the intimate ceremony. African celebrities, royalty and ultra wealthy women can never keep their wedding gowns entirely under wraps.
Lillian Mutiso, 6:02 am AFKI Original
Africa’s population of elephants and rhinos is increasingly faced with the threat of extinction. This is due to increased illegal poaching for their treasured horns and ivory, which are usually sold in mostly Asian markets such as China and Vietnam. There are about 470,000 elephants left in Africa. In 2015, 1,338 rhinos were killed across the continent. Below are 12 African countries where the two animals are faced with the threat of extinction.
Lillian Mutiso, 5:42 am AFKI Original
Africa is faced with several humanitarian crises as millions of people on the continent continue to fall victim to disasters, mostly caused by human actions and some by natural phenomenon. The continent has high percentages of people displaced from their homes due to civil strives and conflicts, sectarian and politically -instigated violence, droughts and floods. Below are some of the 12 most neglected humanitarian crises on the continent.
Dana Sanchez, 5:23 pm
DRC responds to illegal rebel activities such as smuggling and poaching, but little is done to stop the illegal charcoal trade deforesting Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park. Millions of households depend on charcoal as their main fuel source. Any efforts to end the illegal charcoal trade and save the forests must be backed by alternative fuels. The carbon-intensive systems now driving economic growth have taken the world to an environmental tipping point. Africa is being asked to lead the transition to avert a disaster.
Dana Sanchez, 7:46 pm
Goodluck Jonathan seems to have met the criteria for the Mo Ibrahim $5 million prize. He was democratically elected, served a constitutionally mandated term, and “demonstrated exceptional leadership,” according to a local media outlet. Ibrahim had some tough words for African leaders. “Excellence is excellence,” he said. He criticized leaders who crack down on gays instead of focusing on issues, like Kenyatta in Kenya, where gay sex is a crime. “Don’t tell people whom they should love,” he said.
Keren Mikva, 11:44 am
The Tutsi are often associated with the horrific events of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, known officially as the genocide against the Tutsi. The richness and diversity of Tutsi culture is less well known. The Tutsi and Hutu people were mainly friendly until European colonization. The Tutsi dominated the region beginning in the 14th century, but established friendly relations with the Hutu in feudal relationships owing to their vast cattle herds and warfare knowledge. With the colonial period in the late 1800s, favorable treatment of one group over another intensified animosities.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:03 am
Rwanda does not have any known oil or gas deposits, but the tiny landlocked East African nation has just passed its national petroleum law that will guide investments and exploration in oil. Located in the middle of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), all of which have discovered oil or gas in the last few years, there is a high likelihood that Rwanda too could also be holding some undiscovered deposits.
Dana Sanchez, 8:50 pm
Ghana is the world’s No. 2 cocoa producer. The country issued its first Eurobond in 2007, successfully raising $750 million at a coupon rate 8.5 percent. Now the government needs the cash to retire it — it matures in 2017. A second Eurobond followed with another $750 million in 2013, while 2014 and 2015 each saw another $1 billion added to the debt. “Ghana is already in the market…So we have to think about the way to pay for the debts,” the finance minister said.
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