- Some 100 people were slaughtered by the notorious Uganda rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last month, the United Nations humanitarian arm has said.
According to information collected by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Lord’s Resistance Army attacked the village of Mabanga in north-eastern DRC on 13 January.
The total number of Congolese slain by the LRA in January is still unknown, but OCHA reported that over 80 had been killed in December 2009 alone.
The Office also expressed concern over attacks on camps for internally displaced persons.
The mainly Rwandan Hutu rebel group known as the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) reportedly raided the Nyange camp in North Kivu province on 22 January, killing three people.
Government forces have also been accused of taking supplies belonging to a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the Muhanga camp, also in North Kivu, disrupting the distribution of items to the displaced persons. The Congolese Army said that it is investigating the incident and has informed aid agencies that it is taking action against the perpetrators.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.