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Democratic Republic of Congo Bans Text Messaging

Posted on December 21, 2011

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country located in central Africa, has shut down its text messaging services over a week ago in an effort to restore public order. This comes after violent reactions over the recent election results, with incumbent President Joseph Kabila winning while rival Etienne Tshisekedi rejecting the results.

But the people who will bear the brunt of the texting ban the most are the 1.4 million deaf people in DR Congo. Recovering from years of conflict, the country’s deaf population rely on text messages in receiving safety signals when conflict breaks out in their locality. They fear that they would become unaware of crossfires within the vicinity.

Human Rights group ASADHO has said the ban on texting in DR Congo could lead to further deaths, especially for people living in remote areas.

Source: BBC, via Engadget




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