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Delevingne joins Save the Children for health campaign

Model Poppy Delevingne has lent her support to Save the Children's No Child Born to Die campaign.

Model Poppy Delevingne went to the Congo to meet families affected by disease Credit: Reuters

The 29-year-old visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo to meet mothers whose children were dying from preventable conditions such as malaria, pneumonia and malnutrition because of a lack of trained doctors, medicines, health facilities and equipment.

It's been an adventure which has taken me completely out of my comfort zone but it's been incredibly thought provoking. I'm going to go back to the UK a changed woman.

Meeting mothers and children who so desperately need help has been truly emotional. We need to change the hopeless situation in the beautiful and magical DRC.

– Poppy Delevingne

According to Save the Children, the number of children dying from preventable diseases has dropped from 12 million to 5.9m - but the charity is now calling for an international pledge to end it completely by 2030 by ensuring everybody has access to basic healthcare.

Missionary shot by robbers days after being awarded OBE

A 75-year-old missionary midwife, awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List for her work overseas, has been shot while working in the Congo.

Maud Kells, from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, was shot twice in the shoulder during an armed robbery at her home in Mulita.

Maud Kells, 75, was shot during an armed robbery Credit: UTV

Ms Kells spends half her time in the country working in medical centres for Christian aid organisation WEC International, and half in her home town in Cookstown.

A spokesman for WEC International said she was now in a stable condition, and said the bullets had not broken any bones nor hit any major muscles.

The robbery came just days after she was named in the Queen's New Year Honours list.


AFP: 129 bodies recovered from capsized boat

Officials in the DRC have said 129 people have drowned after a boat capsized in Lake Tanganyika in the DRC, AFP report.

Rescue workers recovered a total of 129 bodies.

– DRC official

Lake Tanganyika is the longest fresh water lake in the world and also borders Tanzania, as well as Burundi and Zambia.

'26 dead' after boat capsizes near border of DRC

At least 26 people have drowned after a boat capsized near the south eastern border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, AFP reports.

The vessel was travelling from Kalemie in Katanga to the conflict ravaged South Kivu province and got into trouble in the early hours of Friday.

Katanaga's transport minister Laurent Kahozi told the AFP said around 221 passengers were rescued and that the boat appeared to overloaded.

Hague: DRC killings show women and girls 'vulnerable'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned a massacre in the Democreatic Republic of Congo that has seen dozens, including pregnant women and children, brutally killed.

DR Congo massacre: Pregnant women among dead

South Kivu lies close to the borders with Burundi and Rwanda.

The victims of a massacre in the Democratic Republic of Congo included several pregnant women, had been shot, stabbed or burned inside their homes.

A Reuters cameraman on the scene counted 37 bodies, some of them lying inside a village church.

"It is Congolese who have carried out these attacks. It was about a dispute over cows," South Kivu governor Marcellin Cishambo told Reuters.

"The problem is that everyone in this area carries a weapon."


Women and children among dead in DRC attack

Thirty-seven people including women and children were killed in Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern region of South Kivu following an attack early on Saturday morning, according to a witness.

The victims had been shot, stabbed or burned inside their homes. Some of the bodies lay inside a village church, according to a Reuters cameraman on the scene.

South Kivu governor Marcellin Cishambo confirmed the attack, but gave a lower estimate of 27 for the number of dead.

Congo: 'Stampede began when police fired tear gas'

Fans in Kinshasa grew angry on Sunday evening after their local team was defeated 1-0 by a team from the eastern town of Lubumbashi in a heated final, according to the local minister for the capital's inner city.

"Four policemen were harassed by supporters. When they fired tear gas, the stampede began, causing the deaths," Emmanuel Akweti told Reuters.

At least 15 people are believed to have died following a stampede in Lubumbashi. Credit: Google Maps

Akweti said 15 people died of suffocation and 24 were injured.

At least 15 believed killed in Kinshasa football riot

15 people are understood to have been killed during a riot at a football match in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Sky News.

A media manager at FIFA tweeted an image believed to be from the stadium where the match was played, of two paramedics attending to a fan on the ground.

The club's Twitter and Facebook pages also detailed the riot before the end, saying "the police are struggling to evacuate the stadium and to protect the players of the game."

Govt troops 'retake control' in DR Congo after unrest

Government troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo have retaken control of statetelevision, and the situation in the capital Kinshasa is under control, a government spokesman has told Reuters.

Earlier, there were reports that several people had been taken hostage by armed men at the TV station as well as heavy gunfire at the international airport.

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