Eastern Congo

LRA Launches Spate of Attacks in South Sudan

The most recent LRA attack in South Sudan happened yesterday, May 16, 2010. A source on the ground told Enough that between 30 and 40 LRA rebels attacked near the town of Tambura, close to the borders with the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Read More »

5 Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday.  Read More »

LRA’s Decapitation Can’t Come Soon Enough

In this guest post, Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) writes about the significance of neutralizing LRA leader Joseph Kony.  Read More »

Congress Passes Bipartisan Bill to Help End Africa’s Longest Insurgency

In this guest post, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) announces the passage of the Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act today and commends the activists who mobilized to give a voice to the people who have long suffered under the LRA in central Africa.  Read More »

Stand for Me, Stand for My Country

An original poem about Congo by spoken word artist Omekongo Dibinga.  Read More »

House to Hold Pivotal Vote on LRA Bill Tomorrow

After a year of dedicated advocacy efforts, the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act is scheduled for a final vote in the House of Representatives tomorrow.  Read More »

Wyden: ‘Fundamentally Wrong’ If Congress Ignores Conflict Minerals

Yesterday, my colleagues at the Enough Project and I had the great honor of participating in a special briefing co-hosted by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) on the illicit minerals trade and epidemic of sexual violence in eastern Congo.  Read More »

A Quick Guide to the Lord’s Resistance Army Bill

As The Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009 (S.1067/H.R. 2478) moves closer to final passage by both the House and Senate and on to President Obama’s desk, here is a short guide to this important and historic piece of legislation  Read More »

Stanford Paving the Way for Conflict-free Investing

In this guest post, Mia Newman of STAND at Stanford writes about an impressive move by a panel overseeing the university's investments that could lead Stanford to consider a company's efforts to combat conflict minerals before investing university money.  Read More »

Briefing: Congo: Cell Phones, Conflict Trade, and the Worst Sexual Violence in the World

Date: 
May 3, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson@enoughproject.org
202-386-1618

The conflict in eastern Congo is being fueled by a multi-million dollar trade in minerals essential to our electronic products. Over five million people have died as a result, and hundreds of thousands of women have been raped over the past decade. The armed groups perpetuating the violence generate an estimated $183 million each year by trading in four main minerals -- tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold. Learn about current legislative efforts that begin to address the violence in Congo.

There will be a press availability outside the Senate Finance Committee Room  from 3:15-3:30 p.m.

WHAT: Press Availability on Congo: Cell Phones, Conflict Minerals, and the Worst Sexual Violence in the World.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 5, 3:15-3:30 p.m. Eastern.

WHERE: Outside the Senate Finance Committee Room, Dirksen Senate Office Building, 2nd Floor

SPEAKERS:

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS)

U.S. Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA)

Lisa Shannon, Founder of Run for Congo Women and author: A Thousand Sisters

Dominique Bikaba, Congolese Advocate

John Prendergast, Co-founder of the Enough Project at Center for American Progress

A staff briefing will take place in the Senate Finance Committee Room from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  This event is CLOSED TO THE PRESS.

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