What's New - April 2008

This is the archived What's New items for April 2008

Date added What's New Summary
April 29, 2008 irinnews.org

IRINNews.org - Humanitarian news and analysis by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: A descriptive article of the malaria situation in DRC—

"On average, five million cases of malaria, according...are registered every year throughout the country with a population of nearly 60 million."

April 27, 2008 Volunteer in the Congo You can volunteer to help UNA-DRC in the Congo. Supporters are provided accommodations
April 27, 2008 WFUNA Highlights The April 2008 WFUNA Issue 81 Newsletter has a paragraph regarding UNA-DRC. See "WFUNA Highlights" section.
April 27, 2008 BBC News

BBC News / Yahoo News - Added new Digg articles:

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said Friday that increasing violence had forced it to suspend aid distribution operations in eastern Congo. New estimates are that 900,000 people are displaced. "Some said their homes were destroyed and their possessions looted, while others had lost touch with their children."

World Malaria Day articles: Added to Digg page:

Conflict is major reason for malaria as displaced people must leave their homes. Displaced people "are often settled on land which has been abandoned because of the risk of malaria, or forced to live in over-crowded camps with limited health services, water, food and shelter." --BBC News

In pictures: Malaria in Conflict --BBC News

April 18, 2008 Mining Page

Some Shocking Facts About Mining - from Friends of the Congo

A must read article. Did you know that "90 percent of exports from DRC are either illegal or unregulated?"

Did you know that "Mining companies have realized gains of 600% while discernible gain to the government has not exceeded 5%?"

April 17, 2008 Advocacy page

Scientific American: "Ending Malaria Deaths: One of the world's worst killers can be stopped soon if we make the investment"

An informative article by Jeffrey D. Sachs.

April 17, 2008 Links page MP3 Audio replay from Station WILL am 580 radio from University of Illinois. An interview: "The Battle to Eradicate Malaria: Successes and Remaining Challenges" with Awash Teklehaimanot, Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar, The Earth Institute at Columbia University.
April 13, 2008 Survey of this Website Please help us improve this website by completing a survey. The survey is about 10 minutes long. We appreciate your help.
April 12, 2008 Mining Page When Dr. Cissa Wa Numbe gave talks around town in early April, many people asked about the source of the conflicts in DRC. In response, we are creating a page about mining and coltan - the conponent used to make telecommunication devices, and the corporations which are mining Congo's resources and fueling the conflicts.
April 11, 2008 Advocacy page

Through advocacy, we can bring awareness of Congo's issues to U.S. legislators, citizens, corporations, and people of interest.

When Dr. Cissa Wa Numbe gave talks around town in early April, many people asked how we can help. Please visit this page for ideas and actions you can take.

April 10, 2008

New videos and new articles



Democracy Now video link: Amy Goodman interviews Christine Schuler Deschryver on Democracy Now, October 8, 2007: "The Silent War" - Sexual Terrorism in the Congo

Video Interview of Jan Egeland, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
and the former UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.

Bill Moyers Journal - Two videos broadcasts "Hope in the Congo" which is a report of Congo's history; and a second report about the continued death of 45,000 Congolese people from starvation and disease.

5 new videos added on our YouTube Playlist link:

The Real Mobile Phone Wars - DRC - A YouTube video from JourneyPictures - Gives background of the mining of coltan

Deadliest Conflict Since World War II -
Corporations Reaping Millions As Congo Suffers Deadliest Conflict Since World War II

Part 2 - Deadliest Conflict Since World War II - Corporations Reaping Millions

Grand Theft Congo - DRC -
The major problem facing Africa is corruption and control of resources. In the DRC, the military is stealing minerals. Although dated this video gives an excellent background of the exploitation of Congo by large corporations

In Focus: Congo's Bloody Coltan - Background on the mineral mining and the resulting fighting and conflicts.

April 8, 2008 Lisa Jackson Film

HBO's debut of the important film, "The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo"

Links to HBO airings in April and May, Lisa Jackson's website, an NPR radio interview, and a Sundance Film interview.

April 3, 2008 Jazz Fund Raising Concert photos A link to the jazz fund raising concert (March 31) photos - by Thomas Richardson who covered the event
April 4, 2008 Appreciation page We'd like to thank everyone who helped with the jazz fund raising concert and the speaking engagements for Dr. Cissa Wa Numbe. On this page is a thank you letter from Cissa, too.
April 4, 2008 Mailing List page When you join the email list, you can keep informed of site updates, important news and events,and our activities to support UNA-DRC and the Congo.


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