Why delivering the mail in Congo is so hard

A HISTORIAN REMARKED, of the ancient Persian postal system, that “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Snow is not much of a problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but dozens of rebel groups make delivering the mail rather difficult. So do bad roads and a dysfunctional government

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Rwanda: Catholic Church to Build Cathedral at 1930 Prison

[New Times] After years of speculation about what next for the premises formerly occupied by Nyarugenge Prison, popularly known as ’1930′ the expansive prime property is set to accommodate what could be the country’s biggest Catholic cathedral.

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Why Pope Francis struggles in Africa

A YEAR AGO President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique went to the Vatican and announced triumphantly that he had persuaded the pope to visit his country. Pope Francis retorted that he would make the trip in 2019—if he was still alive. This week the 82-year-old pontiff is keeping that promise, making only his second trip to sub-Saharan Africa, which is by far the biggest area of expansion for Christianity

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Congo-Brazzaville: Fresh Corruption Allegations Against President’s Family

[Deutsche Welle] Global Witness has uncovered evidence linking the president’s son, Denis Christel Sassou-Nguesso, to the embezzlement of millions of dollars. The Republic of Congo is no stranger to high profile corruption accusations.

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