Security Alert–U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (October 17, 2018)

Location:  DRC, country wide Event:  As attacks, civil unrest, and other security incidents, including those criminal in nature, often take place without any warning, U.S. citizens in the DRC are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness. Actions to Take: Stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, ...
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Sealed bid sale

The Embassy of the United States of America in Kinshasa informs the public that it is organizing a ‘Sealed Bid Sale’ from Wednesday, October 24 to Friday, October 26, 2018 in the JAO compound on Lukusa Avenue, nº 498, Kinshasa Gombe, opposite the Engen Station. The following properties will be on sale: – Vehicles: (2003 ...
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Travel Advisory for U.S. Citizens: September 19, 2018

Location: Kinshasa Event: Reconsider travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Eastern DRC and the three Kasai provinces due to armed conflict. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, armed home invasion, sexual assault, and physical ...
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Fostering Mutual Understanding

To highlight a month celebrating indigenous rights and humanitarianism, the U.S. Embassy welcomed the American singer and activist, Yewande Austin, to Kinshasa! On August 22, the internationally acclaimed artist held a master class at the Institut National des Arts for approximately 20 music students and local musicians, where she shared a number of musical techniques ...
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Progress toward DRC’s Elections

Date: August 9, 2018 From: Public Diplomacy Section Email address: KinshasaPress@state.gov Website: http://kinshasa.usembassy.gov Subject: Progress toward DRC’s Elections In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the ruling coalition’s announcement of a consensus candidate other than President Kabila represents a significant step forward for Congolese democracy.  We are encouraged by this sign that President Kabila intends to uphold his ...
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Update on the Response to the Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Location: Mangina area, North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the North Eastern part Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  Event: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is monitoring a new outbreak of Ebola virus that has been announced by the Ministry of Health of Democratic Republic of Congo. The current Ebola outbreak area includes the Mangina area, North Kivu and Ituri provinces ...
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Upcoming Event Alert for U.S. Citizens- U.S. Embassy Kinshasa

Location: Kinshasa Event: Please be aware that August 8 is the deadline for candidates to register for presidential elections.  The Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) is located near Gare Central, near the U.S. Embassy location.  Thus far political supporters have had only minimal impact on traffic flow in the area.  Crowds have remained peaceful and relatively small, however, the ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa

Location:  Democratic Republic of Congo, North Kivu Event:The Democratic Republic of the Congo reports an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Province of North Kivu.  As of August 1, the DRC Ministry of Health reported four confirmed cases of Ebola virus in an area approximately 30 Km west of Beni in North Kivu. Ebola is one of the ...
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Paul Sabatine Sworn In as Mission Director to USAID/DRC

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, Washington D.C.- Today Paul Sabatine was sworn in as the new U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Mr. Sabatine will lead both the USAID DRC bilateral mission and the Central Africa Regional Operating Unit, which includes the Central African Regional Program ...
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U.S. Government makes significant contribution to joint response to Ebola outbreak in DRC

By early May 2018, 21 suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in and around of Bikoro in the DRC’s Equateur. Provincial health teams began a hemorrhagic fever outbreak investigation, and the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) in Kinshasa confirmed the presence of the Ebola virus in two patients.  On May 8, the Ministry ...
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Democratic Republic of the Congo National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 30, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am pleased to offer a warm greeting to the citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as they celebrate the 58th anniversary of their country’s independence. Today, as we ...
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Jennifer Haskell, Chargé d’Affaires, spoke at the 242nd anniversary of the United States of America

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to our celebration of American Freedom! Two hundred and forty-two years ago, on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress signed the United States Declaration of Independence.  Each year, we honor this historic moment.  Americans are known for being punctual, and this year we decided to out-do our reputation ...
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Department of State Announces Additional $7 million to Combat Ebola in DRC

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release                                                                                     May 22, 2018 MEDIA NOTE On May 17, Secretary Mike Pompeo determined it is in the national interest to make $5 million available immediately from the Emergency Reserve Fund to respond to the emerging outbreak of the Ebola virus disease that poses a ...
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Celebration of the 2018 World Malaria Day

On April 25, 2018, the Foreign Service National (FSN)-led local Staff Care team in coordination with the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) team at the USAID/DRC Mission observed the World Malaria Day by holding an event for the entire U.S. Embassy Kinshasa community to raise awareness on how to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria. The ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa: May 15, 2018

Location:  Goma Event: Embassy Kinshasa advises U.S. citizens to avoid the area around Virunga National Park in Goma. On May 11, just north of Goma rebels attacked a convoy and killed a park ranger and kidnapped two tourists traveling within Virunga Park. Kidnappings in the Eastern Congo remain a serious concern, and are one of ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa: May 10, 2018

Location:  Equateur Province Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens that the DRC’s health minister and the World Health Organization reported 27 possible cases, which includes 17 deaths and 2 confirmed cases, of Ebola virus disease in the province of Equateur, 200 kilometers south of Mbandaka.  The Ebola Virus is one of the hemorrhagic ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa: May 7, 2018

Location:  Goma Event: Embassy Kinshasa advises U.S. citizens to avoid the area around the Karibu Hotel in Goma. On April 30, individuals armed with machetes attempted to enter and occupy Karibu Hotel property. Local security authorities dispersed the individuals and reported no injuries. Reports say that this incident may be associated with a land dispute ...
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Democratic Republic of the Congo – Level 3: Reconsider travel

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa: March 1, 2018 Location:  Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo – Level 3: Reconsider travel                  C U O Reconsider travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to crime and civil unrest.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The ...
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The CALI Mass Choir concert for Black History Month

Black History Month began from a statement highlighting the total or partial absence of the role played by African Americans in the history of the United States in teaching, press, or media. From this was established the Black History Month, which is a justice to African Americans for their contribution to American society. Its instigator ...
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Demonstration Alert: February 23, 2018

Location:  Kinshasa Event:The Catholic Lay Association and others have announced their intention to hold peaceful protests on Sunday, February 25, 2018 in Kinshasa and in provincial cities.  Based on events on December 31, 2017 and January 21, 2018, it is possible that internet/SMS services could again be cut and that security forces could again respond ...
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Announcing the 2018 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) contest!

Announcing the 2018 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) contest! To apply, read below and send applications to KinshasaExchange@state.gov by March 19, 2018. Do you want to build a better world? Do you have an innovative public service project idea for your community? Your ideas matter! The AEIF competition funds teams of past and current U.S. government ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Arria-Formula Meeting on the DRC

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations February 12, 2018 AS DELIVERED On behalf of the United States, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, I thank all of you for your briefings. Our presence at this gathering sends a strong ...
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Apply now for the 2019 DRC Fulbright Foreign Student Program!

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa welcomes applications from qualified Congolese to study towards a master’s degree at a U.S. university through the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. The United States government, in partnership with American host universities, fully funds Fulbright Foreign Student scholarships.  Read More  
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Congratulations 2018 English Access Graduates!

In Lubumbashi, 91 youth graduated from the U.S. Embassy’s English Access Program, which opens personal and professional doors for youth by providing two years of English language training. Ninety-one Access students, along with their families, teachers, and local authorities, celebrated their graduation from the English Access Microscholarship Program, a two-year U.S. embassy-sponsored program that helps ...
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CSD volunteers restore schools to build futures

On January 27, 2018, alumni of U.S. Embassy exchange programs and other volunteer participants in the monthly Community Service Day (CSD) volunteered their time and services in several towns around the DRC. CSD volunteer activities in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi focused on the education sector. In Kinshasa, volunteers restored a school in a economically depressed community ...
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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Location: Kinshasa

Event: Catholic leaders, opposition parties, and some Protestant leaders are calling for peaceful protests on Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Kinshasa.  These calls have been endorsed by some opposition and civil society groups, with parishioners are being asked to march after Sunday morning mass from numerous churches in Kinshasa.  As with any planned political event, ...
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Demonstration Alert : January 19, 2018

Location: Kinshasa Event: Catholic leaders, opposition parties, and some Protestant leaders are calling for peaceful protests on Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Kinshasa.  These calls have been endorsed by some opposition and civil society groups, with parishioners are being asked to march after Sunday morning mass from numerous churches in Kinshasa.  As with any planned ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Call for Protests on December 31, 2017

U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo December 29, 2017 The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that opposition and civil society groups are calling for demonstrations on Sunday, December 31, throughout Kinshasa and other cities.  The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place.  Even demonstrations intended to be ...
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Embassy entrepreneurship mini fair showcases local businesses, builds networks

U.S. exchange program alumni and others gathered on December 22 for an entrepreneurship mini fair at the Muhammad Ali American Corner in Limete, Kinshasa. The fair—which aimed to showcase alumni businesses, build networks, and encourage others to launch businesses—included representatives from 20 local businesses who each presented to the 150-person audience their business model and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Call for Protests on December 19, 2017

The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that opposition and civil society groups are calling for protests on Tuesday, December 19, in Kinshasa and other cities.  U.S. government employees have been instructed to limit their movements in general and for those in Kinshasa to limit their movements within Gombe on December 19. Even demonstrations intended ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Call for Protests on November 30, 2017

The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that opposition and civil society groups are calling for protests in Kinshasa and other cities on Thursday, November 30.  U.S. government employees have been instructed to limit their movements to within Gombe on November 30. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational or escalate into violence.  ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned March for November 30, 2017

  The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that some political parties have called for a peaceful protest march in Kinshasa on November 30, 2017.  While demonstrators may gather at various locations throughout the city, protest organizers from the political opposition have stated that participants would converge for a public meeting in the open terrain ...
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EducationUSA and Fulbright alumni speak to secondary school students about U.S. studies

To mark International Education Week, Cultural Affairs Officer Taylor Tinney, representing EducationUSA, and  Jonathan Bashi and Achille Mutombo‎, alumni of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, spoke to students at Jewels International School of Kinshasa about opportunities to study in the United States. The speakers shared with the students EducationUSA’s “5 Steps to U.S. Study”. Mr. Bashi and ...
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U.S. Embassy Provides 100 Bandundu Ville Youth Two Years of English Classes through ACCESS program

On November 10, 2017, U.S. Embassy Kinshasa launched the English Access Microscholarship Program (ACCESS) in Bandundu Ville, Kwilu Province, DRC. ACCESS will provide 100 Bandundu Ville high school students a foundation in English language through two years of after-school classes. Mrs. Yolonda Kerney, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, led the embassy ...
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United States Welcomes Announcement of Electoral Calendar in the Democratic Republic of Congo

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON The United States welcomes the announcement by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that long overdue elections will take place. With the announcement of the December 2018 date, the DRC has taken a significant step toward realizing its first peaceful, ...
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Alumni Promote Artistic Appreciation and Social Inclusion of Albinos

On Saturday, October 27, 2017 in Kinshasa, our former Fellows and other Community Service Day (CSD) volunteers joined the Fièrement Ndundu Festival organized by association ‘Plus de Couleurs’ as part of their volunteer activities. Their CSD aimed to promote artistic appreciation and support the social inclusion of Albinos. Other voluntary activities conducted by the community ...
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“TechCamp” in Kinshasa Prepares Provincial Health Officials to Prevent and Stop Disease Outbreaks

On October 30 and 31, the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa hosted a two-day TechCamp, The Congos: Ground Zero for the Prevention of the Next Global Health Crisis. The TechCamp gathered 50 provincial health officials and communication experts from Congo-Kinshasa and Congo-Brazzaville to explore ways modern technology can inform and equip communities to prevent and stop ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley’s Visit to DRC

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, arrived today in Kinshasa! Here some pictures of her welcome at the airport! Ambassador Nikki R. Haley is the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. Prior to her service at the United Nations, Ambassador Haley served as ...
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Concern Regarding Incidents in Lubumbashi

We are deeply concerned by the limits on freedom of assembly imposed by the DRC government and local authorities. We particularly regret the October 22 arrest of numerous opposition party members in Lubumbashi and support MONUSCO’s call for their release. Prohibitions on public meetings, the disruption of peaceful political activities, and arbitrary arrests are inconsistent ...
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USAID Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Kasaï Region of the DRC

On October 24, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $26.9 million in emergency funding to assist vulnerable populations in the Kasaï region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This assistance brings the total USAID emergency contribution to the DRC in Fiscal Year 2017 to more than $128 million. The ...
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Democratic Republic of the Congo Travel Warning

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO  October 16, 2017  The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) because of ongoing instability and sporadic violence in many parts of the country.  Very poor transportation infrastructure throughout the DRC, and poor security conditions in the Eastern Congo ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Fighting in Uvira

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of violent clashes and fighting between government forces and militia groups in and around the area of Uvira in South Kivu.  As the security situation has degraded significantly around Uvira, the Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Uvira and exercise caution in all parts of South Kivu. ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: Violence and Death of Burundi Nationals in the DRC

Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson September 20, 2017 The U.S. government is dismayed by the violence and death of more than 30 Burundian nationals and a Congolese soldier in Kamanyola, in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on September 15. We call upon the Government of the DRC to work with the Office ...
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Apply for Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders!

Do you have what it takes to be a Mandela Washington Fellow? This highly competitive, unparalleled opportunity allows qualified applicants to: Participate in a six-week academic and leadership program at a U.S. institution. Meet with U.S. government, civic, and business leaders. Be a part of a dynamic network with opportunities for continued leadership and career ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Suspicious Object

On Sunday, September 17, 2017, U.S. Embassy security officials located a suspicious object on the grounds of a U.S. Mission residence.  Embassy security officials worked with local Congolese authorities to remove the object and investigate the incident.  There is no indication that there was any intent to target the US government or US Mission personnel. As ...
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Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated March ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Rally on September 3, 2017

On Sunday September 3, there is a potential for large crowds to interrupt traffic near N’djili airport between the hours of 0900 and 1300.  Indications at this time show that there will likely be limited participation, however, that is always subject to change. The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to limit movements and to avoid ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protests for August 21

The U.S. Embassy has learned that on August 15, the Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) separatist group released a video calling for protests on Monday, August 21.  On August 7, protests led by the BDK resulted in violence and several fatalities in Kinshasa and other cities.  Nevertheless, it is unclear whether protests will materialize or turn ...
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Astronaut thrills audience at re-opening of Kinshasa’s Priority Space American Corner

Ahead of his public lecture in Kinshasa, NASA astronaut Robert Curbeam participated in the re-opening ceremony for the American Corner  Limete after an extensive refurbishment and several technical upgrades. The new Priority American Space, named after Muhammed Ali and located within the Urban Library of Kinshasa, includes new computers, iPads, and a 3D printer. The ...
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Alumni preserve Congolese cultural heritage through volunteerism

Exchange alumni in Kinshasa focused their community service day on preserving DRC’s cultural heritage. Alumni, with the help of more than one hundred volunteers, organized a tour for 50 kids aged 7 to 16 at the National Museum in Kinshasa. Alumni guided kids through the museum while they listened to tour guides describe cultural variance ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Gunfire Reported in Kinshasa

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of gunfire in the following areas of Kinshasa: Bandal Ngiri-Ngiri Makal Matadi Road near Ngaliema Matete The exact nature of the incidents remains unconfirmed at this time, and contacts in multiple neighborhoods may be reporting the same incidents. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: General Strike in Kinshasa, August 8-9

The U.S. Embassy has learned that opposition groups have called for a general strike, or “Ville Morte,” in Kinshasa from August 8-9.  As with any planned political event, there may be disruptions to transportation and road blockages in and around Kinshasa.  U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution and to limit non-essential trips. Even demonstrations ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Political Protests in Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, and Lubumbashi

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of planned political protests in Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, and Lubumbashi on Monday, July 31.  As with any planned political event, disruptions to transportation may occur in these cities.  U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution and to limit non-essential trips. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that even demonstrations ...
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YALI Network in Bukavu rehabs prison and inspires inmates to mark Mandela Day

To celebrate Mandela Day, a group of 30 youth led by Mandela Washington Fellows and YALI East Africa Regional Leadership Center alumni, painted walls and visited 50 inmates at Bukavu prison in South Kivu on July 18, 2017. The volunteers also brought food for the inmates, who were mostly youth aged 12 to 17. The ...
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Mandela Day celebrated in a Football Training Center for Kids in Kinshasa

On July 15, 2017, 4 Mandela Washington Fellowship Alums anticipated their Mandela Day celebration in “Éclat sport Academy” football training center for Kids. Led by Eric Cassinga, Safety health and environment expert, the group of alums from Kinshasa provided first aid techniques to 70 kids aged 5 to 17. The training on  first aid techniques ...
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Fulbright alumnus discusses new book on U.S. culture

On July 20, 2017, Professor Kiangu Sindani, a former Fulbright Visiting Scholar, discussed his new book, Les Cultures Régionales et Ethniques Aux États-Unis, at the UPC American Corner with an audience of 30 Congolese youth from various professional backgrounds. His book explores diversity in the United States and results from his participation in two exchange ...
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U.S. Government contributes $400,000 to contain recent DRC Ebola outbreak

Following this cluster of illness and deaths in and around Bas-Uele, on May 5, 2017, the provincial health team began a hemorrhagic fever outbreak investigation which was confirmed after tests at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) in Kinshasa.  After tests confirmed the presence of the Ebola virus, on May 11, 2017, the Ministry ...
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USAID Awards a New Activity to Increase Household Incomes in South Kivu

USAID is proud to announce a new $23 million, five-year award: Feed the Future Democratic Republic of the Congo Value Chains activity. The goal is to increase household incomes and access to nutrient rich crops by linking 60,000 small-holder farmers in South Kivu to markets and suppliers. The activity will increase specialty coffee production and ...
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Ambassador Whitehead Speaks at The American School of Kinshasa Graduation

On June 7, Ambassador Robert Whitehead spoke at The American School of Kinshasa, where 21 students graduated. Emphasizing that TASOK is committed to hone real world skills of its student through events such as the TED conference and exercises that provide an opportunity to highlight individual leadership skills, Ambassador Whitehead underscored the importance of strong ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Recent Prison Breaks and Impersonation of Local Security Forces

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens living or traveling in the DRC of recent large-scale prison breaks from prisons in Kinshasa, Beni, and Kasangulu. Local authorities will likely increase requests for government issued identification at checkpoints over the coming weeks as they work to track the large number of escapees.  The checkpoints have ...
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Treasury Sanctions Senior Congolese Official

Treasury Sanctions Senior Congolese Official for Leading Republican Guard in Undermining Democratic Processes Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned a senior Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) official pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13413, as amended by E.O. 13671, which authorizes sanctions in light of activities that ...
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U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, D.R.C. – Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Checkpoints in Kinshasa

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens that numerous checkpoints have been observed throughout Kinshasa since the Makala Prison break.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the following guidance when approaching these checkpoints: Slow down when approaching checkpoints. Turn on your interior vehicle light at night. Stop your vehicle at the checkpoint as ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ebola Cases in Bas-Uele Province (May 15, 2017)

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens that the DRC’s health minister and the World Health Organization report seven suspected and two confirmed deaths of Ebola virus disease in the remote northeastern province of Bas-Uele. The Ebola virus is transmitted through contact with infected blood, bodily fluids, handling or washing of infected corpses, or ...
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USAID and UKAID provide CENI with civic and voter education materials

On May 10, 2017, USAID and UKAID officially handed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) some civic and voter education materials to mobilize Congolese voters to participate in the electoral process including voter registration. These materials have been developed –through the financial support of USAID and UKAID—by the non-governmental organization Counterpart International in collaboration ...
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The Brent Birckhead Quartet in Kinshasa!

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation month, the US Embassy welcomed the Brent Birckhead Quartet to Kinshasa. The Quartet held a master class on April 25th at College Boboto, featuring a mix of music students from the national school of arts and other aspiring jazz musicians. They worked with the students on a number of musical ...
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Local Journalists attend PennU MOOC “English for Journalism”

A dozen local print and broadcast journalists attended the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “English for Journalism”—created by the University of Pennsylvania—at Embassy Kinshasa’s Information and Research Center, from February 23 to April 27.  The journalists, most of whom graduated from the Congo-American Language Institute (CALI), studied the principles of journalism, were provided substantial insight ...
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Alumni-led Community Service Day at Kintambo’s house of the Aged

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, alumni and volunteers organized an event to clean up the compound, create a vegetable garden, provide healthcare, cook, and provide meals at the Kintambo’s house of the aged. Apart from the work done, they also made an important donation of various products at the same place.
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U.S. Embassy DRC – World Malaria Day 2017 Op-Ed

Ending Malaria for Good is a Sound Investment — Global progress in the fight against malaria since 2000 has been truly historic, and the U.S. Government has played a key role in this achievement. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 6.8 million malaria deaths were averted worldwide between 2001 and 2015, primarily ...
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U.S. Statement on the Nomination of a New Prime Minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The United States reiterates its disappointment that signatories to the December 31 agreement were unable to reach agreement on the selection of a new Prime Minister in accordance with the agreement. Full and swift implementation by the government of the DRC of the agreement in conformance with UN Security Council Resolution 2348 is essential to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstrations on April 10

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of possible demonstrations called for by the political opposition in Kinshasa, and other cities, on April 10.  Unrest and disruption to transportation services may occur in parts of the city.  While the U.S. Embassy will be open, U.S. government personnel will limit movements within Gombe.  U.S. citizens are advised ...
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Travel Warning D.R. Congo

1. The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to the DRC. There is ongoing instability and sporadic violence in many parts of the DRC. Very poor transportation infrastructure throughout the country and poor security conditions in eastern DRC make it difficult for the U.S. Embassy to provide consular services anywhere outside ...
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U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo:Travel warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to the DRC.  There is ongoing instability and sporadic violence in many parts of the DRC.  Very poor transportation infrastructure throughout the country and poor security conditions in eastern DRC make it difficult for the U.S. Embassy to provide consular services anywhere outside of ...
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Melania Trump and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Honor 13 Women of Courage

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson First Lady Melania Trump and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon will present the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to a group of extraordinary women from around the world tomorrow at the U.S. Department of State. The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women ...
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Statement by Ambassador Haley, U.S. Rep. to the UN, on the Deaths of M. Sharp and Z. Catalan in DRC

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE It is with great sadness that we received confirmation today of the deaths of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan. Michael and Zaida were killed senselessly while on a mission working for the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of ...
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American Film Showcase 2017

Over thirty participants from the film industry in Kinshasa attended workshops focused on editing ,marketing and distribution of films. These workshops organized by the US Embassy Kinshasa, The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the American Film Showcase took place from March 20th to March 28th 2017 and they were led by film ...
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U.S State Department: On Lack of Progress on the Political Agreement in the DRC

STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON The United States is disappointed by lack of progress in implementation of the December 31 Saint-Sylvestre Political Agreement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are concerned by the inability of both the Government of the DRC and the leaders of the opposition Rassemblement coalition to make the ...
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U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Civil Unrest

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens of reports of civil unrest in Kinshasa in the areas of Barumbu (near Hotel Memling), Lemba and Limete. The Embassy has also received unconfirmed reports of unrest in the areas of Ave du Commerce, Ave Tomalbaye, Rue du Kasai, Kalamu, Ndjili Quatiere, Flambeau, Mabambare, Marche Central, Marche ...
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College Competitive Club Public Annoucement

Young Congolese who have just obtained your state diploma.  Congratulations!  If you meet the following criteria : You have achieved a consistent score of 75% or above from fourth year onwards You have a National Examination scores of 75% or above You have obtained your diploma  in 2015-2016 You are less than 20 years old ...
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‘Community Service Day’ Awareness Program at Shaumba Highschool

Shaumba girls’ public school of Kinshasa has decided to incorporate the “community service day” program conceived and led by USG exchange program alums in its educational curriculum. So at the beginning of the international women’s month, US Embassy/Kinshasa and DRC’s alumni association held on March 2, 2017 an official informative ceremony about that monthly volunteer ...
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Community Service Day for environment

On Saturday, February 25, the 2017 second edition of our Community Service Day (CSD) volunteer program was held. From Lubumbashi to Kinshasa, via Ngandajika, Kisangani, Kindu or Mbandaka, several hundred Congolese citizens have performed generous acts and offered free services for the general welfare of their communities or to support disadvantaged groups. Activities included donations ...
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Alumni Meet With Embassy Political Section

On February 8, 2017, Embassy Kinshasa’s Public Affairs Section organized a discussion between members of the embassy’s political section, and alumni of the embassy’s exchange programs.  The discussion focused on the alumni’s work and preoccupations on democracy, elections, good governance, peace, security, conflict resolution, human rights, civic engagement, youth and gender issues. This initiative allows ...
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STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson ________________________________ For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON February 19, 2017 Recent Killings in the Democratic Republic of Congo The United States is deeply concerned by video footage that appears to show elements of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily executing ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Potential for Civil Unrest

U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo February 2, 2017 The U.S. Embassy warns U.S. citizens of the increased potential for civil unrest in Kinshasa due to the recent death of prominent opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi. U.S. citizens should avoid unnecessary travel to the neighborhood of Limeté and in the vicinity of the University ...
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Community Service Day

Our Alumni (Former Scholarship Exchange Fellows sponsored by the United States Department) as well as the Greater Community of Volunteers return for the very first voluntary activity of 2017 (CSD1). Throughout the DRC, voluntary activities will take place on Saturday 28 January 2017. Do you want to participate and be part of the CSD Volunteer ...
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MLK and Religious Freedom Days Commemorated

On January 13, 2017 representatives of DRC religious communities gathered at the CEPAS (Centre d’Etudes Pour l’Action Sociale) around US Embassy Kinshasa’s Chargé d’affaires Mr. David Brown for a discussion on the emerging role of faith-based organizations in civil society in the DRC. Over 100 participants attended the discussion, organized by the Congo American Language ...
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The United States Applauds DRC Agreement

Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson January 2, 2017 The United States welcomes the December 31 signing of an inclusive political compromise agreement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and opposition party leaders. By paving the way for peaceful, democratic elections in 2017, this agreement marks an important and historic step for ...
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U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is now accepting applications for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. The deadline for applications is January 20, 2017. No extensions will be granted. Please contact Cultural Affairs Team at KinshasaPDGrants@state.gov for more information and to receive the necessary paperwork. Since its creation by the U.S. Congress, ...
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USG Reaffirms its Commitment to Support the Fight Against GBV in DRC

On December 7, 2016, the U.S. Embassy Kinshasa held a panel discussion to showcase the United State Government support on the fight against Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in the DRC and sensitize the audience on the recently adopted Code of Conduct to fight SGBV in school environments. This press roundtable was held as part of ...
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U.S. Embassy Kinshasa Celebrates the International Volunteer Day

Monday, December 5, 2016 was International Volunteer Day. Our International Visitors Leadership Program alumni got together with the volunteers of the Community Service Day (CSD) program in ten DRC cities in order to commemorate that day. U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa delivered certificates of appreciation to the most committed volunteers. In Kinshasa, DRC Deputy Prime Minister and ...
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A New USAID-funded Media Resources Center (MRC) Available for Journalists in Kinshasa.

On December 7, 2016, the U.S. Ambassador James Swan with USAID Mission Director Christophe Tocco visited the MRC facilities established by the USAID-funded Media Sector Development Program (MSDP) implemented by Internews Network. During the visit, Ambassador Swan met with 31 young Congolese bloggers and social media activists who are currently participating in a conference to ...
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Awareness of the Code of Good Conduct

On Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in Goma, USAID joined the actors fighting Gender-Based Violence (GBV) to mark its commitment to the 16 Days of Activism against GBV (# 16Days) in the DRC. At the ceremony, which also coincided with the launch of the extension of the amended Family Code, USAID / DRC Deputy Director Ms. ...
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Ordered departure

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa warns U.S. citizens of the potential for large-scale demonstrations and civil unrest on/around December 19, the date on which President Kabila’s term in office was due to end before elections were delayed. U.S. citizens in the DRC should seriously consider leaving the country in advance of this date. As a ...
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Check Out Our New Website

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens : Demonstrations on December 19 (November 28, 2016)

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens of the potential for large-scale demonstrations and civil unrest on/around December 19, the date on which President Kabila’s term in office was due to end before his government delayed elections. The Embassy reviews its security posture periodically and is considering changing its posture in response to the ...
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United States Supports Continued Efforts Toward a More Inclusive Agreement in the DRC

The United States recognizes that the coming weeks will be critical in determining whether the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) pursues a path of democratic principles and compromise, or one that risks a return to violence and instability. We underscore our support for the discussions facilitated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CENCO) between the ...
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USG Celebrates its Longstanding Partnership With the DRC to Improve Access to Life-Saving Medicines and Health Commodities

Kinshasa, November 18, 2017 – The United States Embassy Kinshasa is pleased to announce the closeout of three projects funded by the U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID): the DELIVER project, Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) and Supply Chain Management System (SCMS). For more than three years, ...
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The New MOOC Session Launched !

On November 17, 2016, Kinshasa launched the newest session of the successful MOOC program, with approximately 2000 registered learners throughout the country. The 4 courses provided during this session in different MOOC camps address key post goals, such as promoting English learning for entrepreneurs, an understanding of the power of nonviolence through a course on ...
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Preventing Gender-Based Violence

From November 25 to December 10, the 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence aim to raise awareness of the problem and mobilize people everywhere to bring about change. Below are some related ShareAmerica stories you can feature on your social media properties. Violence against women and girls harms everyone A drive for women’s empowerment She grew up with domestic violence. Today it shapes her police work. When she’s a victim, it hurts everyone One in three: Why this statistic will haunt you and what you can do about it Women’s rights are human rights
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ville Morte (General Strike) October 19, 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens living or traveling in the DRC that political opposition groups have called for “ville morte” (general strike) on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in Kinshasa. There may be disruptions to transportation in Kinshasa and other major population centers. The U.S. Embassy will be open on Wednesday.  The Consular ...
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MOOC Graduation Ceremony

On October 15, Kinshasa mission’s PAO Yolonda Kerney led a MOOC camp graduation. About 110 young professionals graduated and more than 80 percents of them awarded certificates for successful completion of the YALI learn “understood elections and civic responsibility”. In a country where holding fair and timely elections is the biggest challenge, making youth understand ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: The Paris Agreement to Enter Into Force

Nearly 200 nations made history in Paris last December, when they came together around the most ambitious, inclusive climate agreement ever negotiated. I was honored to represent the United States in those negotiations and to be in the conference hall as the text was gaveled in. Immediately following the adoption of the Paris Agreement, President ...
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Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of ongoing instability and sporadic violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The potential for civil unrest remains high in Kinshasa and other major cities. In addition armed groups, bandits, and some elements of the Congolese armed forces continue to engage in murder, kidnapping, and robbery ...
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DRC: End of Ordered Departure for EFMs

Effective October 07, 2016, the Department of State ended the ordered departure of family members of U.S. government personnel, permitting family members to return to Kinshasa. We are taking this action based on our current assessment of the security situation in Kinshasa and the broader Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). ‎We will continue to ...
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Fact Sheet: Fiscal Year 2016 Refugee Admissions

The United States is taking the lead in meeting the unprecedented challenge of the global refugee crisis.  At the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in September, President Obama brought together world leaders on the margins of the UN General Assembly to galvanize additional humanitarian support, improve educational and access to lawful work for refugees, and expand ...
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A Conversation on Race in America and Foreign Policy

The world is watching as the U.S. grapples with relations between the races (PDF 258.87kb) in the wake of high-profile stories of black males being shot by police officers.Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the assistant secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, recently sat down with Reuben Brigety, former U.S. ambassador to the African Union and current ...
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Travel Warning: Democratic Republic of Congo

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of continued instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The potential for civil unrest is high in parts of Kinshasa and other major cities. As a result of the deteriorating security situation, family members of U.S. government personnel have been ordered to leave the country beginning ...
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MWF Alumni Mentoring Program for Teenagers

On September 26, 2016, Mandela-Washington Fellowship alumni began a mentoring program with teenagers at Lycée Shaumba High School. The Embassy alumni coordinator matched YALI alumni with four teenagers who have been selected for the next Pan-African Youth Leadership Program for the first mentoring session. The mentoring is scheduled to continue for at least one year.
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2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship For Young African Leaders Application

The 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders application is now open!  Don’t miss your chance to have access to a six-week training course at a top U.S. university in one of three different tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership or Public Management.
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Unrest

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of the continued potential for unrest in sections of Kinshasa. Although there have only been reports of limited disturbances in Kinshasa today, U.S. citizens should remain in place until the risk of civil unrest has ended. U.S. government travel to the DRC continues to remain temporarily halted. The road ...
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U.S. Ambassador Extends Condolences to Families of Victims of Kinshasa Unrest

Ambassador James Swan and the staff of the Embassy of the United States of America extend our sincere condolences to the families and friends of Congolese citizens who lost their lives as a consequence of civil unrest and violence in Kinshasa earlier this week. Our thoughts are also with those who were injured, and we ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Civil Unrest in Kinshasa

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of ongoing civil unrest in various sections of Kinshasa and other major cities throughout the country. All official U.S. government travel to the DRC has been halted. The Embassy strongly advises U.S. citizens not to travel to the DRC. The current state of protests in Kinshasa has made it ...
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Alarm Over Protests and Harassment of the U.S. Special Envoy in the DRC

The United States is disappointed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo electoral commission’s (CENI) failure to announce an elections calendar today as called for by the DRC constitution. We are also deeply alarmed by reports of violence that occurred alongside civic protests today in Kinshasa, and which reportedly has already resulted in the deaths ...
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Special Envoy Perriello Holds Discussion With MWF

Special Envoy on the Great Lakes Tom Perriello held an open discussion with Mandela-Washington Fellowship alumni at Embassy Kinshasa on September 14, 2016. SEGL Perriello gave frank, detailed answers on questions about political tensions during the elections lead-up in the DRC, the US government position on the political dialogue, the challenges for democracy in the ...
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Support for Facilitation of National Dialogue in the D.R. Congo

The United States welcomes the recent Inaugural Meeting of the Support Group for the Facilitation of the National Dialogue in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  While not a member of this Group, the United States endorses the conclusions of the meeting, in which participants reaffirmed the crucial importance of holding a successful national dialogue ...
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Community Service at Mama Koko Orphanage

On Saturday, June 24, 2016 last took place the second issue of national volunteer program designed by the alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the US government.Lubumbashi to Kinshasa, via Mbuji-Mayi, Kalemie, Bukavu, Goma, Kisangani and Mbandaka, alumni of US government exchange programs were likely to go down in their respective communities to provide free ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Demonstration June 28, 2016

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens of a potential demonstration in support of PNC General Kanyama and opposing the recent targeted sanctions against him. Current information indicates that the demonstration will be in the form of a march from L’inspection Provinciale de la Police located on 24 November Ave, along 30 June Boulevard, ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks: World Refugee Day

Today, we honor refugees’ resilience and courage. We also recognize the tremendous contributions made by local and international non-governmental organizations on the front lines of delivering life-saving assistance. This year’s commemoration comes at a time when brutal conflicts are forcing record numbers of innocent people to flee, and challenging the world to find better ways ...
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Excerpts From Remarks by President Obama On Mass Shooting in Orlando

Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder — a horrific massacre — of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts.  We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city.  Although it’s still early in the investigation, we ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Political Events Planned for May 26, 2016

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens that there are political events planned by opposition and pro-government groups beginning tomorrow morning, Thursday May 26.  These events may take the form of marches or political rallies. In Kinshasa, the Embassy is advising its personnel to avoid the areas of Boulevard Triomphal, and Avenue 24 Novembre ...
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Inauguration of Two Special Self-Help Projects

The Ambassador’s Special Self Help Funds are designed to support and aid in building local communities.  We were impressed with our first visit to Ngwanza Schools. This orderly complex, located in the low-income community of Kimbanseke, educates children from pre-school  through high school. Classrooms were clean, spacious, and well lit. Students can utilize after-school study ...
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Diminishing Political Space in the D.R.C.

Mark Toner – Deputy Department Spokesperson The United States is concerned about a growing pattern of intimidation, harassment, and detention of members of the opposition and civil society leaders across the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.). A government cannot call for dialogue among all stakeholders while simultaneously harassing, arresting, and jailing those individuals expected to participate. The ...
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Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson: On Defending Democratic Space in the DRC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is experiencing a historic year that should – according to that country’s constitution – culminate in the DRC’s first democratic transfer of executive power. The United States supports the Congolese people in their pursuit of timely, free, and fair elections and underscores the importance of open political space ...
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ARS Speaker Discusses Entrepreneurship in DRC

ARS Guest speaker Beverly Ott held a series of workshops on entrepreneurship in the Great Lakes Region of Eastern Congo from April 13 to April 19. Beverly held multiple programs, both working directly with vulnerable problems, and holding training of trainers to build capacity. Using discussions and role-playing, she shared information on effective leadership and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Political Meetings/Rallies Planned for April 23 and 24

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens that one of the opposition parties, UDPS, is planning a meeting at their headquarters in the Limite neighborhood in Kinshasa on Saturday, April 23.  Reports indicate that authorities may seek to prevent the meeting from taking place. Another political rally is planned by an opposition coalition on ...
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Special Envoy Perriello Travel to France, Belgium, Switzerland, DRC, Burundi, and Tanzania

U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello is in the midst of an extended trip that started on April 4, 2016 in Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium, and includes stops in Geneva, Switzerland; Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); Bujumbura, Burundi; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, through ...
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Statement on the Expulsion of Jason Stearns

The U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is deeply troubled by the expulsion on April 7 of noted researcher and current Center on International Cooperation Senior Fellow and Director of the Congo Research Group Jason Stearns. Well-documented reports by serious research organizations contribute to a strong democracy by stimulating public discussion of ...
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Statement by Mark C. Toner: Results of the Presidential Elections in the Republic of Congo

The United States is profoundly disappointed by the flawed presidential electoral process in the Republic of Congo. Widespread irregularities and the arrests of opposition supporters following the elections marred an otherwise peaceful vote. The United States calls upon the Congolese Government to correct these numerous deficiencies before scheduling legislative elections in order to bring credibility ...
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Inauguration of an American Space at Goma

The U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, James C. Swan, inaugurated the American Space in Goma, Nord Kivu province on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in partnership with La Maison des Jeunes.  Ambassador Swan and Father Wilvin Alberto Rodriguez officially signed the Memorandum of Understanding and cut the ribbon to open the American ...
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Congolese Coffee Farmers Win Global Sales with USAID Help

More than 4,500 small-scale coffee farmers supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are attracting international buyers and making sales to American coffee companies including Starbucks, Counter Culture Coffee and Sweet Maria’s. Today, Starbucks launches a high-quality South Kivu coffee ...
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Statement by John Kirby: ICC Convicts Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

The United States welcomes yesterday’s verdict at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the case against Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, a former vice president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and previously a leader of a Congolese rebel group that committed widespread atrocities in the Central African Republic (CAR) from 2002 to 2003.  His conviction ...
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Mira Reynolds presents on Women’s History

On March 14th, U.S. Intern Mira Reynolds spoke at the CALI English Club about women’s history. She gave a brief presentation of American women in society and how their roles have changed throughout time, and then led a discussion about the role women play in society today. Over 50 people attended both two-hour sessions, and ...
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Declaration by Spokesperson John Kirby on Presidential Elections in Republic of Congo

The United States congratulates the Congolese people for their active participation in the March 20 presidential elections.  Their enthusiasm and determination to register to vote and peacefully engage, despite many impediments, demonstrates their commitment to democracy. We note numerous reports of irregularities that have raised concerns about the credibility of the process, including the media ...
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Presentation on Small Grants Program

On March 10, 2016, at the American Corner Limete, an enthusiastic crowd gathered to hear Public Affair Section staff present about the requirements for the small grants program. The presentation was the first public test of an information package to be distributed throughout the DRC. The audience responded positively, and eagerly requested multiple sessions of ...
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Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson, On the Ugandan Government’s Post-Election Conduct

The United States reiterates its ongoing concerns with Uganda’s post-election environment, in which the government and its security forces persistently have violated the rights and freedoms of Ugandan citizens and the media. The continued detention of opposition figures without legal justification, the ongoing harassment of opposition supporters, interference in legal challenges to the election results, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Procession & Prayer Service Planned for March 5

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 5, at approximately 7 a.m., a procession is scheduled from an unannounced starting point that will end at Stade des Martyrs for a prayer service, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. The procession and prayer service are planned by civil society groups in support of National Dialogue. Large crowds may develop in ...
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Embassy Kinshasa Sponsors Amani Festival

On February 12 to 14, 2016,  the US Embassy sponsored the Amani Festival, a festival promoting peace, in the city of Goma, North Kivu. During the festival, the US Embassy staffed two booths, providing festival-goers with both in-person information on different programs and a chance to win prizes through demonstrating their knowledge of the United ...
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FARDC Attend Magistrate Course in Lubumbashi

From 18 January to 5 February 2016, American and Congolese military instructors conducted the third iteration of the Magistrate Basic Course in Lubumbashi, DRC.  Instructors trained 44 judges, prosecutors and conseiller juridiques on Human Rights Law, the Law of Armed Conflict, the Congolese Military Justice and Trial Advocacy.
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Promoting Accountability for Gender Based Violence

On February 9, 2016, INL Africa and Middle East Office Director Tony Fernandes met with the American Bar Association and the Prosecutor General’s Office in Goma to discuss the need for improved prosecutions of sexual and gender-based violence cases. The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Staff expressed support for improved forensic investigations ...
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Press Conference on Ivory Seizure

Dr. Diana Putman, USAID/DRC Mission Director, spoke at a press conference with World Wildlife Fund officials in Kinshasa on Feb. 23, 2016, to congratulate the Congolese authorities on their success in disrupting a network of ivory traffickers. On February 4, 2016, Congolese authorities seized approximately 30kg of ivory tusks and ornaments in two separate operations ...
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Joint Statement by the Embassies of Belgium, Canada, United Kingdom and United States to the D.R.Congo

Celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Congolese Constitution On this February 18, 2016, we congratulate the Congolese government and people on the tenth anniversary of the enactment of the Constitution, which remains an enduring expression of consensual national values.  The Constitution is the product of long negotiations and compromise by a broad range of ...
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Exercise of the Right to Freedom of Expression in the D.R. Congo

The United States is troubled by the harassment and detention of peaceful activists and opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including those detained in connection with this week’s general strike. These detentions stifle the free expression of diverse political viewpoints, contributing to a closing of political space while undermining the credibility of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Demonstrations

The U.S. Embassy has received reports that opposition groups have called for a non-confrontational “ville morte” (general strike) on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 throughout the country. Opposition groups are concerned about the possible delay of national elections scheduled to be held in November 2016. There may be disruptions to transportation in major population centers, such as ...
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United States Welcomes Renewed MONUSCO Cooperation in the DRC

Statement by John Kirby, Spokesman The United States welcomes the recent announcement that the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) have signed an agreement to permit resumed cooperation against illegal armed groups.  This agreement follows nearly a ...
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Remarks for Martin Luther King Day Reception

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, welcome. As we begin 2016, I wish a peaceful, healthy and prosperous year for all of you and for this beautiful country. The United States and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have had a strong partnership for decades. We are committed to continuing and reinforcing that this year and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

We strongly recommend U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you do not have Internet access, enroll ...
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Inauguration of SSH Project – Maternity Esengo

The Embassy signed a contract to provide two solar light systems for the delivery and operation rooms of the maternity, and December 15, 2015, the DCM inaugurated the recently installed solar light systems.  Upon arrival at the maternity, the DCM and the SSH team were graciously greeted by a compassionate, professional team of workers.  They ...
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World AIDS Day

On World AIDS Day, we remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS, and we recommit ourselves to fighting and preventing HIV/AIDS and to comforting those infected and their loved ones. The United States is working with its partners around the world to turn the tide against HIV/AIDS.On this World AIDS Day 2015, imagine ...
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United States Congratulates Burkina Faso on Peaceful Election

John Kerry – Secretary of State I congratulate the people of Burkina Faso on holding peaceful and orderly presidential and legislative elections this week. Over the past two years the Burkinabe people have repeatedly demonstrated their strong commitment to democracy in the face of adversity, and shown that legitimate leadership requires public accountability.I further congratulate ...
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U.S. Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation Announced

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is now accepting applications for the 2016 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. The deadline for applications is December 31st 2015. No extensions will be granted. Please contact Cultural Affairs Team at PASKinshasaGrants@state.gov for more information and to receive the necessary paperwork. Since its creation by the ...
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Local Journalists Attend Key Workshops

From November 2 to 12, 2015, US Embassy Kinshasa hosted two speakers, to conduct workshops: David Applefield, journalist and media specialist, who discussed media strategies and ethics with media owners and journalists, and Teresa Calkins, media management consultant, who trained media owners and media executives on how to make their business profitable. Teresa Calkins also ...
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New partnership dedicates $10 million to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people affected by HIV/AIDS

The Elton John AIDS Foundation and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief join forces to help end stigma and HIV/AIDS for LGBT people London 4th November: The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched on November 4th a $10 million partnership that will provide ...
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Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on Violence and Disturbing Rhetoric in Burundi

The United States is alarmed by the escalating violence in Burundi and dangerous, irresponsible rhetoric on the part of the government, loyalist militias, violent anti-government forces and criminal elements. The United States will support the region and our partners in the international community so that those who commit or incite violence are held accountable. We ...
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The Republic of Congo’s Flawed Referendum Process

Press Statement by John Kirby, Department Spokesperson The United States is disappointed by the deeply flawed process that culminated in the recent referendum on a new constitution for the Republic of Congo. The credibility of the referendum process was marred by violence, intimidation, and severe restrictions on basic freedoms. In its aftermath, the United States ...
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CALI Organized an English Language Symposium

U.S. Ambassador James C. Swan, and Minister of Primary and Secondary Schools Maker Mwangu Famba, officially opened the National English Language Symposium (NELS) on October 14, 2015 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. NELS was organized by Dr. Bryce Smedley, Senior English Language Fellow with Congo American Language Institute (CALI), a part of the U.S. Embassy ...
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Under Secretary of State Sarah Sewall Travels to the DR Congo

Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall is traveling in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from October 18-24, 2015. While in the DRC, Under Secretary Sewall will discuss bilateral and regional issues, including the need to ensure timely, credible, and peaceful elections; combat sexual and gender-based violence; ...
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Africa: “Decisive Moment for Democracy”

By John Kerry Last May, I shared in an extraordinary moment. I had the privilege, together with many leaders from across Africa, of bearing witness to the first peaceful, democratic transition of power between two parties in Nigeria.I traveled to Lagos earlier this year to emphasize that for the United States, Nigeria is an increasingly ...
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PEPFAR funds the renovation of medical laboratories

On September 22, The International Center for the AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) inaugurated two renovated laboratories located in “Hôpital General de Reference de Ndjili (HGR Ndjili)” and “Centre Mère et Enfant de Ngaba (CME Ngaba)”. In addition to the renovation, laboratory and computer equipment were donated and medical staff were trained in the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Demonstrations on Tuesday, September 15

The U.S. Embassy has received reports that anti-government demonstrations are being planned for the morning of September 15, 2015.  The demonstration may take place in the vicinity of Sainte Therese, a church located in N’Djili between Quartiers 4, 6, and 8, along Rue Kimpese 1. We have received word that the government has officially authorized ...
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Teacher Training Resource Center Opens in Mbandaka

On August 20, 2015  Embassy Kinshasa inaugurated a Teacher training Resource Center (TRC) in Mbandaka, Equateur.  Over 100 new English  teaching books were provided by the U.S. Embassy’s Congo American Language Institute (CALI). English conversational books level 1 to 3 including English Club books will be available or teachers and students to use. The project ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Phone Call Threatening U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens that the Embassy received a phone call today from an unidentified person who stated intent to hurt or stab an American Citizen. The individual gave no additional information. This information is being shared with the Embassy community and the U.S. citizen community at large out of an abundance ...
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Special Envoy Thomas Perriello Returns to the African Great Lakes Region

Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello will return to the region on August 18 to visit Rwanda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.), and Angola. The Special Envoy’s trip will focus on upcoming elections in the region in furtherance of President Obama’s policy in support of democratic transitions. ...
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Urgent Need for Political Dialogue in Burundi

Press Statement by John Kirby Department Spokesperson Today’s inauguration in Burundi demonstrates the ruling party’s intent to ignore the voices of its people in pursuit of its own political agenda.  An inauguration – without a government that represents the population’s many political voices and without a comprehensive and inclusive dialogue – will not resolve the ...
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U.S., DRC Host Central African Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Workshop in Kinshasa

The Governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the United States will host a Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Workshop in Kinshasa, August 24–26, for the Economic Community of the Central African States.  U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, James Swan and a high-level official from the DRC Government will provide remarks along ...
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Elections in Burundi Will Lack Credibility

Press Statement John Kirby, Department Spokesperson The United States warns that elections held under the current conditions in Burundi will not be credible and will further discredit the government. The legitimacy of the electoral process in Burundi over the past few months has been tainted by the government’s harassment of opposition and civil society members, ...
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Opening of a new Tasting Coffee Center in DRC

On July 7, 2015, U.S. Embassy in the DRC inaugurated a new analysis and tasting coffee center of the National Coffee Office (ONC-Bukavu) with support from USAID and the Buffet Foundation. Governor of South Kivu Marcellin Cishambo; Director of ONC Mr. Saiba Nzanzu; USAID/DRC Mission Director Dr. Diana Putman; and President of Kalehe Arabica Coffee ...
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Ambassador James Swan 4th of July Remarks

Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our celebration of the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. In just over 1000 words, the Declaration laid out our nation’s central philosophy—that we are all created equal, that we all enjoy unalienable rights, and that any government derives its ...
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Ambassador James Swan 4th of July Remarks

Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our celebration of the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. In just over 1000 words, the Declaration laid out our nation’s central philosophy—that we are all created equal, that we all enjoy unalienable rights, and that any government derives its ...
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USAID Works to Improve Quality of Pharmacist Training

On June 10, 2015, USAID/DRC Mission Director Dr. Diana Putman officially introduced the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN) School of Pharmacy’s Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2020 to the Minister of Higher Education (ESU), Mr. Théophile Mbemba Fundu. The Strategic Plan lays out four short, medium and long-term goals for the School of Pharmacy, as well ...
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Press Conference with Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski

Ambassador Swan: Good afternoon, everyone.  Welcome.  I’m Jim Swan, the Ambassador here in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  It’s my honor to introduce Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski.  He has a distinguished career in senior policy positions at the State Department, previously on our Policy Planning Staff, also on ...
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Embassy Condemns Ambush

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa condemns in the strongest terms the ambush on a MONUSCO convoy last night near Beni, which resulted in the deaths of two Tanzanian United Nations peacekeepers. We recognize and honor the ultimate sacrifice of these soldiers, who are part of a United Nations mission dedicated to bring peace and stability ...
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Concert Reaches Vulnerable Congolese Youth

The Adam Larson Quartet, an American Jazz group on a musical exchange through American Music Abroad, collaborated with Polyv’art, a local community based arts NGO and with the professional Congolese jazz group-JazzYaKongo from April 11-16, 2015 .The group led a two day workshop with young artists from Masina, a highly populated, poor area of Kinshasa with ...
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Kananga center benefits from Embassy’s Special Self-Help Fund

The Centre d’Encadrement des Filles Meres,  located in Tshikaji, near Kananga (Kasai Occidental), is a small training center for single mothers, supported by the Embassy’s Special Self-Help Fund in August 2014  along with five other groups. The center has been functioning since 2007.  Over the years, 198 ladies have graduated from a 12-month program of ...
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Statement By Marie Harf on Detention of Youth Activists in the D.R. Congo

The United States remains deeply concerned by the ongoing detention, without formal charges or regular access to legal counsel, of youth activists by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  At least three youth members of the “Filimbi” movement detained during a peaceful civil society event in the capital Kinshasa have been held ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Joseph Kabila of the D.R. Congo

President Obama spoke today with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  The President emphasized the importance of timely, credible, and peaceful elections that respect the DRC’s constitution and protect the rights of all DRC citizens.  The President noted that President Kabila’s legacy as a leader who brought the DRC out ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the President’s Travel to Africa

The Government of Kenya has agreed to co-host the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) this July.  Organized annually since 2009, the GES has emerged as a global platform connecting emerging entrepreneurs with leaders from business, international organizations, and governments looking to support them.  This will be the first time the GES will take place in ...
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US Diplomat Arrested in Kinshasa

USAID Democracy, Rights, and Governance Director, Kevin Sturr, was detained by Congolese authorities along with a number of journalists and other participants attending a press conference in Masina on Sunday, March 15. While we have not yet been officially informed as to why he was detained, Mr. Sturr was attending a press conference about a ...
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Security Cooperation: Seminar on election security

From February 24th  to 27th  the Embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation led a seminar on elections and security for a diverse group that included members from the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), NGOs, political party representatives, members of the media as well as representatives from the police and the national army. The seminar, which aimed ...
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Film viewing and discussion for Black History Month

During the month of February, to commemorate Black History Month, IRC visitors met every Wednesday to watch and discuss the documentary “America beyond the Color Line.” The documentary discusses the life of African Americans, who have inspired the African American community, such as General and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley; ...
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Welcoming the Global Electoral Calendar in the DRC

Statement by Jen Psaki, Spokesperson The United States welcomes the publishing of the global electoral calendar for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI). We look to the important presidential elections scheduled to take place on November 27, 2016, in line with the DRC constitution, as an opportunity ...
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PAO Ellen Masi Highlights Mission Programs at UPC

On January 29, 2015, PAO Ellen Masi was an honored guest at the official launch of the fourth edition of the Protestant University of the Congo’s (UPC’s) student magazine “UPC Today”.  Ellen’s remarks highlighted the importance of English in the world today, a subject that was also featured in the article she was asked to write ...
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Remarks for Martin Luther King Day Reception

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen welcome as we celebrate and remember Dr. Martin Luther King, a man whose movement dramatically changed America and has influenced the entire world. The United States observes Martin Luther King Day as a national holiday.  We are the only Western country to have a national holiday for a person of ...
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Welcoming the Start of Military Operations Against the FDLR

Statement by Jen Psaki, Spokesperson The United States welcomes the announcement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of the start of military operations against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an armed group that has inflicted immeasurable suffering on the civilian population of eastern DRC and Rwanda ...
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The United States welcomes the Parliament of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s approval of electoral legislation

Press Statement by Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson The United States welcomes the Parliament of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s approval of electoral legislation that sets the country on course towards timely elections in line with its Constitution. We applaud the efforts of the National Assembly and the Senate to reach consensus and ensure that presidential elections ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in the DRC

There are reports of continued presence of security forces to deter protests in several neighborhoods of Kinshasa today. There have been no reported protests in Commune Gombe so far today. Ndjili International Airport remains open and international flights reportedly plan to arrive/depart tonight. Currently, the main road leading to the airport is also open. Today, ...
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U.S. Concerned about Increased Violence in Democratic Republic of Congo

Statement by Jen Psaki, Spokesperson The United States is deeply concerned after a third day of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, following the National Assembly’s passage of electoral legislation and as the Senate began consideration of similar legislation. ‎ The United States is troubled by reports of widespread violent demonstrations, looting, unlawful ...
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Statement on Reports of Violence in Kinshasa

The United States is concerned about reports of violence in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, following the National Assembly’s passage of electoral legislation. The United States stresses the importance of protecting political space and ensuring that all citizens have the right to peacefully assemble and exercise their rights to free speech. We urge all ...
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U.S. Embassy Commends FARDC and MONUSCO for Combined Military Operations in South Kivu

In anticipation of imminent military operations against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), the United States commends the combined military action begun January 5, 2015 by the DRC armed forces (FARDC) and United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) against the Burundian rebel group, National Liberation Forces ...
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Promotion of Computer Literacy at UNIKIN

The U.S. Embassy was pleased to partner with Vodacom Congo to open a Computer Literacy Center at UNIKIN’s Faculté de Sciences on Friday, December 19.  This computer literacy center is a powerful example of a successful public-private partnership that the U.S. Embassy is proud to be part of.  To maximize the benefits of internet access, ...
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Mural Art Workshop With U.S. Arts

The US Embassy Kinshasa welcomed U.S. Arts Envoy Christine Kuhn who worked with Congolese artists and students from November to December 2014 to create three beautiful public murals in Kinshasa, Matadi and Bukavu.  The murals supported messages of partnership and women’s empowerment while highlighting the talent of young Congolese artists.   They were part of a ...
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USAID Launches New Project to Improve Maternal and Child Health in DRC

On Nov. 21, 2014, USAID launched a new health project to Support International Family Planning Organizations (SIFPO) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The project aims to improve mother and child health through activities including family planning, HIV/AIDS, diarrhea treatment, and water and sanitation. SIFPO will promote healthier behaviors and support the distribution of ...
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USAID and DFID Together to Support Primary Education

On October 30, 2014, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK Department for International Development (UK aid) signed a partnership to support primary education in the provinces of Katanga, Kasaï Occidental, Kasaï Oriental, Equateur, South Kivu and North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This $180 million joint program aims ...
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CALI Teacher Training Workshop

Senior English Language Fellow Bryce Smedley conducted a three day workshop with local secondary school teachers in Kisangani, Orientale Province.  During this workshop, teachers got the chance to use new teaching resources and learn ways to incorporate issues like democracy, gender equality, human rights and diversity into English lessons. They also learned new methodologies to ...
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Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation 2015

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is now accepting applications for the 2015 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. The deadline for applications is December 20th 2014. No extensions will be granted. Please contact Cultural Affairs Assistant, Nathalie Tshiamala at  TshiamalaN@state.gov  for more information and to receive the necessary paperwork. Since its creation ...
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Teacher Training in Kisangani

Senior English Language Fellow Bryce Smedley conducted a two day workshop in Kisangani with 70 Secondary English teachers and Inspectors on October 22 and 23, 2014. The focus of the workshop is to encourage activities and lessons that promote English language learning that can engage students critical thinking skills.  The workshop is sponsored by the U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Political Demonstration

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa advises U.S. citizens that on Monday, October 20, 2014, from approximately 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a political demonstration in the form of a “sit in” is scheduled to be conducted on L’Avenue des Aviateurs.  The United States Embassy, the Embassy of Portugal, and UN Headquarters were specifically mentioned as ...
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USAID Awards Scholarships to 72 primary school girls

On October 7, 2014, USAID distributed scholarships to 72 girls from the public Primary  School (EP) 7 Kimpangi in the Kintambo Commune. The scholarship award ceremony marked the official launch of activities of the USAID-funded project “Empowering Adolescent Girls to Lead through Education (EAGLE)” for the 2014-2015 school year. Education statistics show that girls and women ...
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U.S. Embassy Donates 16,000 Books to Congolese Schools

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is proud to announce that in coordination with the American non-profit organization Books for Africa, 16,000 books donated by American schools, libraries and individuals will be distributed to schools and libraries throughout the DRC.  This Saturday, September 27, from 12:15-14:00, the Embassy will host headmasters and teachers from over 200 ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Scheduled for September 13, 2014

Local media sources have announced a protest march is being planned for September 13in Kinshasa during which demonstrators intend to voice their opposition to prospective revisions to the Congolese Constitution.  The march is expected to begin at around 10:00 A.M. near la Gare Centrale, proceed west down Avenue 30 Juin, take Avenue Kasa-Vubu south, and ...
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DCM Eric Madison Reflects on the “I Have a Dream” Speech

To honor the 51st anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Deputy Chief of Mission Eric Madison spoke to approximately 40 students and visitors to the Embassy’s Information Resource Center about the significance of the historical speech.  Despite being delivered over 50 years ago, the speech continues to inspire younger generations with its ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Press Reports of Medical Outbreak in Equateur Province

The DRC Minister of Health (MOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have reported two confirmed cases of Ebola in the Equateur province in the remote region of Djera. Djera is approximately 476 miles northeast of Kinshasa and is not easily accessible, requiring multiple river crossings by ferry and difficult overland travel.  The current Equateur ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Press Reports of Medical Outbreak in Equateur Province

Local and international media have reported an outbreak of an illness involving diarrhea and fever in the Boende area of Equateur province.  The cause of this outbreak is not yet known, but the illness does not appear to be directly linked to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  Testing is underway and results are ...
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NBA Sports Envoys Visit Kinshasa!

U.S. Embassy Kinshasa was excited to welcome two sports envoys, WNBA star Ruth Riley and NBA star Cedric Ceballos, to the DRC as part of the Department of State’s SportsUnited Program. From July 22nd to the 26th , both players participated in a youth-focused basketball camp, attended KinJam, a local basketball festival, conducted a press ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Shooting Reported in Vicinity of Camp Tshatshi in Ngaliema Neighborhood, Kinshasa

U.S. citizens should exercise caution in the wake of the July 22 shooting incident which took place in the vicinity of Camp Tshatshi (located near the American School of Kinshasa (TASOK) and the Ministry of Defense) in Ngaliema, Kinshasa. U.S. Embassy sources report that unknown assailants attacked a government facility in or around Camp Tshatshi ...
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4th of July Reception Highlights Key Programs

Embassy Kinshasa celebrated Independence Day with a representational reception at the Ambassador’s Residence.  The reception’s guest list was focused on high-level figures in government, private sector, and civil society, as well as program alumni and members of the YALI Network.  In his remarks, Ambassador Swan reiterated U.S.support for credible democratic reform, consolidation of economic and ...
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Dr. Jill Biden, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and U.S. Ambassador Catherine Russell to Travel to Africa

Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Zambia, Sierra Leone, and the Democratic Republic of Congo from June 30 – July 7, 2014. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will also travel with Dr. Biden. During their travel, Dr. Biden, Administrator ...
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U.S. Embassy Offers $200K in Humanitarian Assistance to Congolese Returnees

The US Embassy has announced that it will make $200,000 worth of humanitarian assistance ($100,000 from the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and $100,000 from USAID’s Food for Peace Program) available to returnees from Brazzaville now gathered in Maluku.  The funds will be transferred immediately to organizations currently involved in the humanitarian response, and ...
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Remarks for YALI/USAID Youth Assessment

Good evening, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, friends and colleagues.  On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, it is an honor to welcome you here tonight, especially our 2014 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) fellows and our partners at the International Youth Foundation (IYF) who undertook, in partnership with USAID, a nation-wide youth assessment. This is a ...
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U.S. to Help Nigeria in the Search for Kidnapped Girls

More than three weeks ago, on the night of April 14, a group of militants kidnapped more than 200 teenage girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria. In a video released earlier this week, Abubakar Shekau, who leads the terrorist organization Boko Haram based in northeast Nigeria, claimed that his group was ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Armed Individual Causes Disturbance Outside of U.S. Embassy Buildings

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens of an individual armed with a knife that caused a disturbance at Avenue Dumi in front of the Consular entrance of the Chancery compound on the afternoon of April 17. The individual was seen making threats in the same location on March 3. The individual threatened embassy ...
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Marie-Dolorose Masika Woman of Courage 2014

On April 2, 2014, US Embassy Kinshasa awarded Marie- Dolorose Masika with the 2014 Woman of Courage Award during a ceremony at Ambassador James Swan’s residence. Marie-Dolorose Masika is the founder of FEPSI, (Femmes engagées pour la promotion de la santé Intégrale), an NGO based in Butembo (North Kivu) which manages a hospital and offers ...
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Voting in 2014

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many recent U.S. elections have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by military and overseas voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline. Follow ...
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Rhythm in Motion Celebrates Black History Month

Embassy Kinshasa sponsored Rhythm in Motion, a musical and dance performance that commemorated Black History Month and highlighted the contributions of Africans and African-Americans to mainstream American dance.  Over 300 people attended the event on March 1, 2014. The performance included Congolese drummers, dancers and student musicians. The dance performance illustrated the influence of African ...
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OSC Organizes a Series of Military Activities

During the last week of February, the Embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation organized a DIILS training on the rule of law for 2,000 new recruits of the DRC army and the inauguration of English labs in military academies in two DRC cities (Kinshasa and Kananga), as well as an all-female civil military operations(CMO) training. During ...
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Feingold, Affleck testify before U.S. Congress

On Wednesday, February 26, Special Envoy to the Great Lakes and the DRC, Russell Feingold, actor and activist Ben Afflek, and others testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Congress on the situation in eastern Congo.   Secretary Kerry acknowledged the ongoing efforts of both Affleck and Feingold to ameliorate the situation. In ...
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A film Festival for Peace and Reconciliation

The Amani Peace Festival, which was partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy, was held from February 14th-16th in Goma, North Kivu.  The Festival was organized by local residents who believe that community must play a central role in promoting peace and security in their region.  The concert was extremely successful, drawing huge ...
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Remarks for Martin Luther King Day Reception

Good evening, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, friends and colleagues.  Daphne and I are honored and delighted that you could join us here this evening to celebrate and remember Dr. Martin Luther King and the movement to which he dedicated his life.  Dr. King’s powerful message—perhaps most memorably expressed in his “I Have a Dream” speech—is ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry – U.S. Condemns Renewed Violence in CAR

The United States is deeply concerned by renewed inter-religious violence in the Central African Republic (CAR).  We condemn attacks by both anti-Balaka and Seleka groups in Bangui and the provinces.  We are also deeply disturbed by reports that some CAR leaders may be supporting attacks by anti-Balaka and Seleka, respectively, instead of working for peace ...
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Special Envoy Feingold’s Travel to Africa

Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Russell D. Feingold will travel to Angola on January 13-16 for the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region’s (ICGLR) Fifth Ordinary Heads of State Summit. He will then travel extensively in the DRC, visiting Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Goma, ...
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Unrest near Lubumbashi in Katanga Province

The Embassy has received information of armed engagements between the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) and various armed groups near the city of Lubumbashi in Katanga province, including fighting in the village of Kajiba (25 kilometers east of Lubumbashi) and Kiziba (10 kilometers southeast of Lubumbashi).  The Embassy has also received reports that some armed groups ...
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US Embassy Hosts Panel Discussion on SGBV

On Tuesday December 10, 2013, U.S. Embassy Kinshasa hosted a panel discussion to commemorate International Human Rights Day and mark the end of the Embassy’s 16 days of activism against sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). The panel, hosted by the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs section in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development ...
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