|ECI in the News|
|We are delighted to announce that ECI Founder Ben Affleck will be joining Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, Data Guru Hans Rosling, and many other Global Leaders to chart a course towards ending preventable child deaths around the globe. Details: Child Survival: Call to Action. More to come!|
Politico: Ben Affleck to visit D.C. for "Call to Action"
Occasional political player Ben Affleck is set to swing through D.C. next week in an effort to raise awareness about preventable child mortality around the globe. Read More...
Huffington Post Impact Blog: The Plight of Congolese Refugees in Uganda
Philanthropist, Humanitarian, Founding Member of Eastern Congo Initiative and wife of U.S. Senator John McCain
Fighting in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is raging, and once again it's the women and children who bear the brunt of the conflict. And once again, refugees are walking night and day in search of safety, food and shelter. Read More...
|Conflict and child soldiers|
|UN News Center: More funding crucial as UN agency assists civilians fleeing violence in DR Congo|
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP
) today stressed the need for sufficient resources as it strives to meet the needs of a growing number of people displaced by violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Read More...
Reuters: Eastern Congo mutiny rakes over regional, ethnic wounds
When Faustin joined a recruitment drive in his village in Rwanda, he thought he was headed for a stint in the Rwandan army. Read More...
Aljazeera: Clashes in eastern DR Congo claim lives
Soldiers of the Democratic Republic of Congo army and rebels have clashed at an army base in the country's east, killing at least 19 people in the latest outbreak of violence that has forced tens of thousands to flee their homes. Read More...
U.S. Department of State: Congo-Kinshasa: U.S. State Deptartment On Situation in North Kivu
Statement by Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesperson, United States Department of State
The United States is concerned by the continued mutiny of officers and soldiers formerly integrated into the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and now operating in North Kivu province as an armed group under the name M23, and by recent reports of outside support to M23. Read More...
Congo-Siasa: Military stalemate, diplomatic positioning
Despite official indications by the Congolese government, the military situation on the ground against the M23 rebellion has not changed much. Read More...
"We fled our village Sunday, a week ago. On that day the attackers arrived in our village. If a house had a roof of metal, they threw gasoline in the house to make it burn. If the roof was made of leaves or grass, they threw fire on the house and burned the people inside. Read More...
Voice of America: Human Rights Watch Calls for Rwanda to Arrest Congolese War Crimes Suspect
Human Rights Watch is calling for Rwandan military officials to stop arming and supporting a Congolese war crimes suspect, and arrest him. Read More...
Congo-Siasa: The M23 rebellion: Leading with the chin
Since the beginning of the M23 rebellion in late March, the mutiny has appeared rushed and ill-planned. "Something was indeed in the works," one of the M23 supporters told me, "but it was not yet ready." This may explain why the initial wave of defections between March 31 and April 7 was quickly brought under control, many of its protagonists arrested and the rank-and-file troops re-defected back to the national army. Read More...
|Joseph Kony and the LRA|
Joseph Kony's Lord Resistance Army has abducted more than 600 child soldiers and sex slaves over the past two years even as the hunt for the rebel leader intensifies, the UN said Wednesday. Read More...
AFP: LRA rebels attack DR Congo park guards
Guards in a Democratic Republic of Congo wildlife park were attacked by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels who are an increasing threat to the reserve, its South African managers said Thursday. Read More...
|Raw Story: Schakowsky re-introduces International Violence Against Women Act|
Eric W. Dolan
Rep. Jan Schakowsky and dozens of House colleagues re-introduced legislation on Thursday to combat violence against women overseas, the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA). Read More...
Deutsche-Welle: Breaking the silence in Eastern Congo
Eastern Congo is known as the 'rape capital of the world'. Scores of women are raped every day. Therese Mema is a women's rights activist determined to help victims and survivors regain self confidence. Read More...
|Fox News: Ahead of SEC decision on 'blood minerals' disclosure, US tech industry takes steps toward compliance|
So-called "blood diamonds" or conflict diamonds are the well-publicized face of the decades-long human rights challenge in Africa. But the mining and sale of a lesser-known but more widely used group of natural resources known as "blood minerals" has fueled civil wars in Congo and Uganda and gone largely unheard in the U.S. -- even though you're probably holding them in the palm of your hand. Read More...
The Guardian: Cracks open over ENRC's Congo deals as chairman fails to endorse partner
Mehmet Dalman avoids 'leading question' on controversial businessman Dan Gertler, from whom the mining group has bought interests in the Democratic Republic of CongoRead More...
PC Advisor: Airtel to pump another $615 million in DR Congo
Airtel will invest US$615 million in its Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) operation over the next three years, according to a company official. Read More...
The Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali/Keza-Musongati railways project get a new push after the East African Community (EAC) and African Development Bank (AfDB) signed a grant agreement for the first disbursement of $428,000 out of an anticipated $1.8million for the railway sector enhancement project. Read More...
|Peace and Reconciliation|
|The Economist: Helping to calm a continent|
Thanks in part to the UN's blue helmets, Africa is at its most peaceful for decades. But the job is not yet over-and can be done even better. Read More...
CARE: Aid Worker Diaries - Democratic Republic of Congo: In search of security
Due to the intensified fighting witnessed since April between the national army of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and various armed groups, thousands of Congolese have recently had to flee their homes in search of security. Read More...
The Telegraph Obituary: Lyn Lusi
Lyn Lusi, who has died of cancer aged 62, founded, with her husband Jo, Heal Africa, a charity which provides medical and social care services in Goma in eastern Congo, one of the most dangerous places on the planet; known as "Mama Lyn", she was the organisation's programme director and specialised in supporting women victims of violent rape. Read More...
|Other News from the DRC|
|Newsmotion: War Songs: Youth Rappers In Eastern Congo|
In late 2009, I came to Nord Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to do research for a story on women's issues. DRC is a huge and troubled country, bordering nine others (ten if you count Tanzania, separated only by a lake). Read More...
Radio Netherlands: The DRC still struggles to see its pygmy population
Having sex with a pygmy woman is a cure for backache. This is one of the many superstitions held by people living in Virunga National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It's also a reason the country's indigenous population has been forced off land they've inhabited for generations. Read More...
The Guardian: Race to map Africa's forgotten glaciers before they melt away
Ptolemy thought they were the source of the Nile and called them the Mountains of the Moon because of the perpetual mists that covered them; Stanley claimed to be the first non-African to see their icecap; and the many thousands of subsistence farmers who today live on the slopes of the fabled Rwenzori mountains in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo fear that warming temperatures are devastating their harvests. Read More...