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Foreign Policy: The Road to Hell Is Paved with Viral Videos
When and how so many Americans, young people in particular, were convinced, or convinced themselves, that awareness offers the key to righting wrongs wherever in the world they may be is hard to pinpoint. Read More...
The New York Times Op/Ed: Peace Must Not Be the Victim of International Justice
An African proverb states, "Peace is costly but it is worth the expense." This week the International Criminal Court delivered its first guilty verdict in its nearly 10-year existence, with the conviction of the warlord Thomas Lubanga for the coercion of children as soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The court to date has spent around $1 billion. Justice has been done, but there is no peace in that country. Read More...
Washington Post Editorial: The meaning of "˜Kony 2012"
THE PRODUCERS of an Internet video about the African warlord Joseph Kony have already proven one of their main points. Social media, the film's narrator proclaims at the outset, are "changing the way the world works. The game has new rules." Read More...
Congo-Siasa: Guest post: From Campaigning to Action on Joseph Kony and the LRA
In the past week, a 30-minute video about Joseph Kony and his rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), has received more than 90 million internet hits. Viewers of the video now know, if they didn't before, that he is a wanted man with much blood on his hands. For years Human Rights Watch has investigated the LRA's horrors, from Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan. We have visited remote massacre sites and listened to hundreds of victims and survivors who want their stories heard. Read More...
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|Yahoo News: George Clooney Arrested at Sudanese Embassy|
...Actor Ben Affleck launched his own organization the East Congo Initiative, focused on supporting and funding local humanitarian groups in Eastern Congo. He too has testified before Congress and met with leaders in Washington, even traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo with Cindy McCain, the wife of Senator John McCain. His friend Matt Damon has started an organization focused on access to clean water in the developing world. Actor Don Cheadle has also fought for human rights and against genocide with the Enough Project. Read More...
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The doubting Thomases of 2005, who barraged Lugaaya with questions of whether Uganda needed Dance Week, were perhaps part of this year's elated audience. Back then, they sat quietly and unmoved, as they watched the dance performances. They neither cheered nor clapped. Some of the dances that stirred the audience into a frenzy included Keiga Dancers' contemporary dance and Yole Africa's performance from DR Congo. Read More...
|Conflict and Child Soldiers|
The Guardian: Life in Congo: 'Many people have been killed. No one is ever punished'
It is almost dusk and shadows darken the long dirt road that runs between Beni, in Congo's North Kivu province, and the border town of Kasindi, on the Ugandan frontier. Women doing the daily wash in a nearby stream pile their garments into baskets. Standing among banana trees outside a mud hut not far from the road, a small, naked child watches silently as a Land Cruiser rattles by. Read More...
The Guardian: Kony 2012 puts child soldiers back under the spotlight
The video on the Lord Resistance Army and the international criminal court's guilty verdict on a Congolese warlord have put the issue of child soldiers back on the global agenda. Read More...
Huffington Post: North Kivu's False Peace
At first glance today, things in the Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern North Kivu province seem far calmer than in years past. Read More...
UNHCR: Forcibly displaced in South Kivu face a struggle to survive
Claudine* and her husband Pierre* fled their village in eastern Congo in early January and found shelter with thousands of others in Bunyakiri commune. But now the couple, like other internally displaced people (IDP) in South Kivu province's Kalehe territory, face a new challenge - the struggle to survive. Read More...
|US Department of State: New Initiative Responds to Gender-Based Violence as Part of Global HIV Response|
On March 14 at the White House, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby announced a joint initiative to provide $4.65 million in small grants to grassroots organizations to address gender-based violence (GBV) issues. Read More...
US Department of State: Charting a New Course for Women in the Pursuit of Civilian Security
We have already begun a new initiative on women, peace, and security in Africa, focused on building local capacity in countries affected by conflict. Its first round of grants will train women activists and journalists in Kenya in early-warning systems for violence, support a new trauma center for rape survivors in Sudan, help women in the Central African Republic access legal and economic services, and improve collection of medical evidence for prosecution of gender-based violence and strengthen the medical-legal professional networks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read More...
|Congo-Siasa: The Congo: A Revolution Deferred|
In the run-up to last November's presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cassandras were easy to find on the streets of Kinshasa. "Ça va péter," a parliamentarian told me, "It's going to blow up." It wasn't hard to see why. Both the incumbent Joseph Kabila and his main opponent Etienne Tshisekedi toasted their victories before the polls even took place. It was clear neither was going to accept defeat. Read More...
|Ghana Business News: IMF to hold conference on managing Africa's natural resources|
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will be organizing a conference on how countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) can manage their natural resources to boost their economies.
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MONUSCO: Progress in the fight to end impunity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo|
The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) welcomes today's decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, found guilty of enlisting and conscripting child soldiers in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 2002 and 2003. The verdict is the first ever issued by the ICC since its establishment in 2002. Read More...
UN News Center: UN, governments to meet on regional strategy against Lord Resistance Army
United Nations and government officials from central Africa will meet in Uganda next week to finalize a comprehensive regional strategy on combating the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), the rebel group that gained notoriety for its atrocities in Uganda, but which has in recent years extended its violence to neighbouring countries.
Politico: Anti-Joseph Kony resolution introduced in House
Thanks, in part, to the viral sensation video "Kony 12" created by Invisible Children, Inc., Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony is back in the news. The 30-minute video, the contents and spirit of which has been subject to debate, aims to draw awareness to Kony's offenses and has been watched nearly 100 million times on either YouTube or Vimeo. Read More...
Wall Street Journal: Congo 'Impeding' Rebel Hunt
The Ugandan government said Tuesday that the Democratic Republic of Congo is frustrating U.S.-backed Ugandan troops in the hunt for rebels, in the latest deterioration of relations between the neighboring states. Read More...
AP: Top Rwandan rebel leader surrenders in Congo
A top Rwandan rebel leader who has been fighting in neighboring eastern Congo has surrendered amid a U.N.-backed military offensive in the violence-wracked region, a Congolese military official said Tuesday. Read More...
|Engender Health Blog: True Heroes of the Congo|
|Other News from the DRC|
The Democratic Republic of Congo's famed Virunga National Park has deployed bloodhounds to track down elephant poachers, a park official said Monday. Read More...