Congo Research Group analyst Trésor Kibangula was interviewed on RFI's daily podcast "Invité Afrique" about the trial of President Felix Tshisekedi's chief of staff.
"If the question is: is the trial justified? The answer is yes," Kibangula said (in French). "In the implementation of the “100-day program” there has been a lot of financial embezzlement, and a lot of misappropriation of funds, as evidenced by the hundreds of documents that the Congo Research Group was able to bring together."
Congo Research Group director Jason Stearns co-authored this correspondence article in The Lancet modeling the effects of a COVID-19 outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
"To illustrate the potential burden of SARS-CoV-2 epidemics within the most vulnerable countries in Africa, we simulated a SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in DR Congo in the absence of interventions," write Stearns, Chad R. Wells, Pascal Lutumba, and Alison P. Galvani. "Given the high prevalence of comorbidities in DR Congo, as there is in Africa more broadly, the death toll could even be much higher."
In The Diplomat, CIC's Said Sabir Ibrahimi and Centre for Research and Information senior analyst Syed Mafiz Kamal examine the challenges that South Asia faces when fighting COVID-19.
"Given the lack of healthcare infrastructure and levels of poverty in South Asia, a greater number of people are at risk of contracting the coronavirus and dying from it or hunger," they write. "Actions need to focus on increasing the region’s testing capacity, raising awareness about physical distancing and hygiene, producing PPEs, and fighting hunger."
CIC Research Associate Said Sabir Ibrahimi was quoted in The New Arab about the appointed of Mawlavi Mahdi as a Taliban district chief—the first Shia Hazara to be selected for the group's ranks.
“The Taliban has never been an inclusive force; their leadership in Quetta and Peshawar and their political office in Doha are run by Sunni Pashtuns. They have had token Tajik commanders in the field, particularly in the north, but now they are trying to include some token Shia Hazaras in the mix,” Ibrahimi said.