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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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