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"Villages burn in Ituri, rest period is over in Congo"This is how the Tageszeitung returns to the new violence in the region in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this week.The Berlin daily tells the misery on the spot."In the district of Drodo Church, 30,000 people are concerned", says a priest, he says the lack of help, medicine, lack of hygiene …"We are cut off from the world", laments the churchman.

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Conflict between Kabila and Tshisekedi

For the newspaper, quoting Congolese observers, the violence does not happen by chance. "They coincide with the failure of efforts to make a new political start in the whole of the DRC, after the election of Felix Tshisekedi in December 2018", writes the Taz."Whenever Camp Tshisekedi makes a decision without asking Kabila camp for its opinion, there is a conflictThe newspaper criticizes the blockages, the absence of government while the parliamentary holidays begin.

The TAZ even reports that the army would have withdrawn just before the massacres in the area, recalling the scenario of the war on the spot 20 years ago already. "Is there still a state?"asks a member of the Congolese civil society in the newspaper, a phrase that sounds like a cry for help.

Tanzania claims property to Germany

Skelett Brachiosaurus im Naturkundemuseum (picture-alliance / dpa / B. Settnik)

Tanazanie claims some bones, brought back from her territories at the time of colonization

In the press too, news of the debates on the restitution of goods looted from Africa by the former European colonial powers. More and more debates. "This time, states like Tanzania want to recover also parts of natural history of museums", says the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

In this case here it is about bones, dinosaurs. "Pieces so big sometimes that a single person can not wear them", writes the newspaper.Patches from former German East Africa", which extends over the current territories of Burundi, Rwanda or Tanzania, so Tanzania is asking for the return of these parts.

And Germany is not alone in having to answer such requests. "The Natural History Museum in London has received three concrete requests for repatriation from Africa"Süddeutsche reports," The Munich daily tells of the difficulties of such requests, and research and negotiations take a long time. "Even African researchers spend a lot of time getting visas to do their research in Europe", says the daily, who wants more positive on the end.perhaps at some point, the Berlin museum will have to remove at least some of the original bones from its cellar and return them to Africa. "

Cooperation with Germany to increase agricultural yields

Sambia Landwirtschaft Baumwollfeld (Thomas Kruchem)

Cards provided by a German company in Zambia increased some returns by 25%

A more positive story in the German press. This is happening in Zambia, where BayWa, a German agricultural equipment and construction distribution company has set up shop. The story is told by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The German company is now working with local farmers. She provides maps, showing in her fields where it is raining, in what quantity and where to apply fertilizer and in what quantity, to obtain the best yields.

Convincing farmers on the spot was not easy. "But last year, farmers harvested 25% more wheat than usual. At the same time, water and electricity consumption was reduced because irrigation pumps operated less often ", says the newspaper. Like what, cooperation is not always simple, but can work!

Malian music in the spotlight

Finally we have seen this beautiful portrait this week of Vieux Farka Touré, the son of Ali Farka Touré. Portrait drawn by the local daily Weser-Kurier, from the Bremen region in North West Germany. The newspaper draws the portrait of the Malian musician who was recently in concert in the region.

"Old Farka Touré, born in 1981 in central Mali, resisted the will of his father who wanted him to become a soldier, not to experience the same difficulties as him as a musician", the Weser-Kurier writes, the newspaper is enthusiastic: today the rebellious son"plays his guitar with virtuosity and lightness, with a brilliant sound"!

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