congolese refugees

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Kikwit. June 7, 2017. A boy holds his teddy bear as he waits with other Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) for a daily food ration at a camp for IDP’s fleeing the conflict in Kasai Province.

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Papa Wemba: Congo music star dies after collapsing on stage - BBC News
The influential Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, media reports say.

The influential Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, media reports say.

Video from the concert shows the artist, who was 66, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening.

French broadcaster France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager.

On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world following with his soukous rock music.

The Congolese band leader, whose real name was Jules Shungu Webadio, also inspired a cult movement known as the Sapeurs whose members, young men, spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.

In 2004, he was convicted of people-smuggling in France and spent three months in prison.(smuggling Congolese refugees into France, they disguised as his band members)

A Belgian court convicted him of the same crime in 2012, handing down a fine of 22,000 euros (£17,143; $24,690) and suspended prison sentence of 15 months.

Hit after hit

The artist fell ill while performing at 05:30 (05:30 GMT) on Sunday, local media report.

He died before he could be brought to hospital, a spokesman for the Ivosep morgue in Abidjan told Reuters news agency.

He remained one of Africa’s most popular musicians. Soukous, also known as rumba rock (soukous is not known as and is not rumba rock bbc) , became the most popular sound across Africa.

Together with his bands Zaiko Langa Langa, Isifi and Viva La Musica, he racked up hit after hit including L'Esclave and Le Voyageur, and worked with international stars like Peter Gabriel.

He appeared in two feature films, Life Is Beautiful (1987) and Wild Games (1997).

In addition to the prison time he spent in Europe, he was once jailed in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), for allegedly having an affair with a general’s daughter.

His conviction in France related to a racket whereby illegal immigrants were taken to Europe posing as members of his band.

Macbeth in the DRC

In this re-creation, a group of Congolese refugees has stumbled upon a trunk filled with sheet music, costumes and gramophone recordings of Verdi’s Macbeth. This theatrical paraphernalia is the catalyst for a dramatic re-telling of Shakespeare’s tale of greed, tyranny and remorse, with the Macbeths as warlords, the three witches as double-crossing businessmen and Dunsinane as the Great Lakes region of Central Africa.

War rages over access to mineral resources.


Congolese nun Sister Angélique Namaika

Angélique Namaika is a Roman Catholic Augustine Sisters of Dungu and Doruma nun from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sister Angélique has been working in the Congo since 2008 to assist women and girls who have been abused by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). She is the 2013 recipient of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Nansen Refugee Award for her work with Congolese refugee women. Her Centre for Reintegration and Development is locate in Dungu, Orientale Province in the northeast of the DRC. Dungu has been the center for international humanitarian efforts for women and children who have been displaced by violence and war in the area.



Rio 2016 Olympics: ‘I will win a medal on behalf of all refugees’ (video tw: death) 

Refugees who are highly qualified athletes will be eligible to compete in the Olympics for the first time. In the 2016 Games, a select group with no home country to represent will be welcomed under the Olympic flag. The International Olympic Committee is in the process of identifying potential contenders, and many refugees around the world have intensified their training. In Rio de Janeiro, the 2016 Games host city, two Congolese judoka meet the criteria. While facing many struggles, Popole Misenga and Yolande Mabika keep alive their hopes of being selected. The war in Democratic Republic of Congo (second congo war) in 1998 when Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi invaded DR Congo. A fragile peace deal in 2002 initiated the withdrawal of foreign armies from DR Congo, but local rebel groups including those tied to the Rwandan and Ugandan government continue to control much of the east of the country.


When the baby stops breathing I feel the stone harden heavy in my chest.

I am not there, but on the phone I expel quick words and urgent instructions.

I feel the fear clutch.

Not again.

A thousand unanswered questions.

A hundred expectant dreams.

Not yet fulfilled. 

But I dream still.

I say the words, “speak life,” as a prayer. I throw my faith on the line and ask God to answer. My heart begs Him.

Not this time.

I hope.

And hope is the scariest word of all.

When the word comes back, it is empty. The air leaves flat with a sob.

Sometimes we can only be Mary. Look straight into His eyes and bury the wonderings into His scarred chest. Heart sore, but leaning. I don’t hide how I feel from Him.

If you had been here….

The baby does not live. Body too twisted.

I close my eyes and see him in heaven with perfect legs.

The baby does not live. Here.

But Zabibu does.

The five year old sister, too sick to move. The mother too poor to take her to the doctor. Too proud maybe to ask for help.

We rush her to the hospital. Doors open and heaven sees us amongst the mass of people waiting to be saved.

The women huddle together, gather courage, and hold hands through the ache. Like tiny birds they offer each other shelter.

And I think, this is what love looks like.

Like shelter.

Zabibu grows healthy.

Her Muslim father sees the way the women take turns to offer an embrace, food, comfort.

Like Jesus.

A community who does not run from pain.

A miracle in the mess. 

Somewhere all of us under the shadow of His wing.

Somewhere the stone becomes a seed

and we dream

South Africa's victims of xenophobia: 'We are not rebels. We are refugees' – video
Two refugees, Congolese Alex and Burundian Emile, describe the trauma that led them to come to South Africa and their rejection by the community there
By Charlie Phillips

Nearly 300 foreign nationals were killed in South Africa between 2008 and 2015 in a wave of xenophobic violence. Two refugees, Congolese Alex and Burundian Emile, describe the trauma that led them to come to South Africa, their rejection by the community in KwaZulu Natal, and life in the refugee camps. When the government closes the Chatsworth temporary shelter, they have to decide whether to stay in South Africa



TW: war, death

On Aug. 13, 2004, more than 150 Congolese refugees were slaughtered in a brutal massacre at the Gatumba Refugee Camp in Burundi. Ten years later survivors are rebuilding their lives in the U.S. and using their newfound freedom of speech to advocate for an end to the cycle of violence in the region.