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December 30, 2008

BBC News


Uganda LRA in Church Massacre
: Uganda's army has accused the Lord's Resistance Army rebels of hacking to death 45 civilians in a Catholic church in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Christmas Massacre Kills 400: "More than 400 people have been killed by Ugandan rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo in attacks since Christmas day, aid agency Caritas says.

(Another BBC article from October, Congo terror after LRA rebel raids, reported news about the LRA.)


December 27, 2008 New York Times
Congo Warlord Linked to Abuses Seeks Bigger Stage, by Lydia Polgreen. An excellent article with background on the current crisis and rebel fighting. December, 2008. (There is an audio podcast along with the article.)

December 26, 2008 Guardian UK

Caroline Sourt:

The Congo's blood metals:
As militias control lucrative natural resources, western consumers can help the increasingly war-torn nation.

December 18, 2008

BBC News

Affleck launches DR Congo appeal

UN.org

Mick Jagger and actor Ben Affleck have launched a short film to highlight the plight of 250,000 refugees in eastern DR Congo.

The UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR, is hoping the Gimme Shelter film will help to raise $23 million to pay for emergency aid and clean water.

"A lot of these folks are like you and me. A lot of people I encountered were teachers, lawyers professors - everyday people whose towns were upended and who were living and struggling, with a kind of dignity that could just be you or me." (Ben Affleck)

UN.org - News Centre coverage of the story

December 8, 2008 NBC.com

My Own Worst Enemy - The episode, "Love in all the Wrong Places" portrayed the capture of a ruthless rebel leader and rescue of hostages from Goma, DRC.

We appreciate awareness of DRC's challenges by network shows and programming: Awareness is the first step for change! Maybe some people you know won't read an article, but if they see a show like this, perhaps they'll be affected by the vivid portrayal of life clear across the globe in eastern Congo, and join in our efforts to help bring change to eastern Congo!

This episode brought awareness of the sexual violence in DRC as well as the dangerous, ruthless mentality of rebels who destroy the lives emotionally and physically.

Link to full episode replay: NBC (43 minutes)

Thank you NBC and the writers of the show for bringing awareness to people.

December 8, 2008 New York Times Video Breaking the Silence - a New York Times Video, October 2008. The United Nations says Congo has the worst sexual violence in the world.
December 8, 2008

BBC News

Child Soldiers


Ugly Scars of War in DR Congo by David Loyn, BBC News.

"The current conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo is centred around the eastern town of Goma, but the effects are felt far beyond that.... A schoolgirl shows the ugly scar of a bullet hole in her leg after being held for four years by militiamen, who had seized her from her home in the night.

And this year the militia have come back. One day recently, as two brothers aged eight and 12 were tending a vegetable patch in front of their house, gunmen emerged into the village and took them away as recruits. Their mother told me 20 other boys were taken that morning too."

December 4, 2008
Guardian UK

Anna Husarka, "Death Watch"

"The conflict in Congo is the most deadly since the second world war. What will it take to broker a ceasefire that lasts?"

"...This conflict is the most deadly crisis since the second world war: an estimated 5.4m people have died as a consequence of the war and its lingering effects in the last decade. Today, a quarter of a million people are on the run, almost half of them on territory under rebel control and with almost no access to aid. They need food and shelter, clean water and latrines, medical care, and education. Women and girls need protection from sexual violence, which flares up when families are forcibly displaced."

December 4, 2008
New York Times by JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

Rwanda Stirs Deadly Brew of Troubles in Congo. December 4, 2008: By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN.

"Another cause for suspicion is Rwanda’s past plundering of Congo’s rich trove of minerals, going back to the late 1990s when the Rwandan Army seized control of eastern Congo and pumped hundreds of millions of dollars of smuggled coltan, cassiterite and even diamonds back to Rwanda, according to United Nations documents.

Many current high-ranking Rwandan officials, including the minister of finance, the ambassador to China and the deputy director of the central bank, were executives at a holding company that a United Nations panel in 2002 implicated in the illicit mineral trade and called to be sanctioned. The officials say that they are no longer part of that company and that the company did nothing wrong. Nonetheless, eastern Congo’s lucrative mineral business still seems to be heavily influenced by ethnic Rwandan businessmen with close ties to Kigali."

Some of the most powerful players today, like Modeste Makabuza Ngoga, who runs a small empire of coffee, tea, transport and mineral companies in eastern Congo, are part of a Tutsi-dominated triangle involving the Rwandan government, the conflict-driven mineral trade and a powerful rebel movement led by a renegade general, Laurent Nkunda, a former officer in Rwanda’s army." continued

New York Times, By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN.

November 23, 2008 Star Tribune


Ben Affleck
returned to Congo this week and investigates conditions in the IDP camps. Article: "Ben Affleck tours refugee camps in war-torn eastern Congo, says more aid money needed"

Quote from Ben Affect in article by ANITA POWELL, Associated Press as stated online: Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota:

"I'm not an expert in international affairs or diplomacy, but it doesn't take that to see the tremendous suffering here," he told The Associated Press on Thursday in Goma, the regional capital. "It's not something that we as human beings can, in good conscience, ignore."

Again, our sincere thank you to Ben Affleck for using his gifts to help people in the most dire circumstances. We believe that when people bring awareness and advocate for action, change can happen.

It is our hope (The Congo Cause) that funding organizations will take notice of UNA-DRC who has offices in Goma and Kivu with grass roots teams who are willing to bring bed nets, food, education, and other help. They just need your financial support.

 

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