Tension is rising in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after President Laurent Kabila issued an arrest warrant for one his generals, former warlord, Bosco Ntaganda . Ntaganda has gone AWOL with many of his commanders.
Anchor Marco Werman takes us to the soundcheck for the first date on the US tour of Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili. They're from the streets of Kinshasa, confined by polio to wheelchairs. And they rock.
In many African hospitals, patients must settle their bills before they're released. If patients can't pay, they end up stuck in the hospital. Cindy Shiner of AllAfrica.com recently met one such patient at a hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The first ever Tour of DRC kicked off this week. Cycling teams from nine mostly African countries are competing in the 500 mile race across parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo to promote national unity.
Dr. Jacques Pépin, who spent years battling disease in Africa, has published a new book that looks at the history of HIV/AIDS, tracing not only the current outbreak, but also looking at earlier outbreaks perhaps dating to the 1920s and 1930s.
Homeless and getting around in make-shift wheelchairs, disabled by polio, the band members of Staff Benda Bilili defined down-on-their-luck. But in 2009, fame knocked on their doors. Since then, they've turned their lives upside down — and gone on a world tour, which brings them to the U.S. now.
In 1974, Africa's top performers shared a stage in Zaire with James Brown, B.B. King and other global stars. But only now are the African groups being heard. Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine organized the '74 concert and helped compile the double-CD "Zaire 74: The African Performers."