Eastern Congo

A Compelling Proposal on Conflict Minerals

Gold miner in eastern Congo - S. Lezhnev

Given the complexities of the mineral trade and the many powerful vested interests who continue to profit at the expense of Congo’s crisis, it can tempting to say that it’s just too difficult to do something about this problem. But a new proposal written by Congo specialists Jason Stearns and Steve Hege powerfully and succinctly suggests otherwise.  Read More »

Apple’s New iAsk: Be A Leader For Congo’s Women

Jenni Parmalee

During his January 27 unveiling of the new iPad, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that his company had just sold its 250 millionth iPod. I own one of those – maybe you do, too. If every consumer-electronics purchase is like a vote, that’s 250 million voices saying: “Yes, I’m OK with that” – with everything it took to put that device in my hand.  Read More »

Auntie Harriet, Portrait Of A Congolese Woman

Yesterday, on a short walk to the funeral for Koko’s baby cousin, an elderly woman sitting under the shade of a tree, called to Koko. Since it seems like half of Dungu is family or old friends of Koko, it wasn’t out of the ordinary. But this lady’s slow turn to face us, the sober look about her, clued me in. She turned to reveal the bullet-wound-size bandage on her chest.  Read More »

Ubuntu And Hope In Congo

Lee Ann and child in Bukavu

NPR affiliate WPSU, the radio station of Penn State, recently featured Professor Lee Ann De Reus explaining her belief in Ubuntu, an African philosophy that says each of us is part of an interconnected global community, and its relation to her experience interviewing women who had survived rape in Congo.  Read More »

Bill To End LRA Blocked By Senator, Activists Mobilize

Michael Poffenberger

With a record 61 cosponsors, the bipartisan Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act was submitted last month for Senate passage by unanimous consent. But a lone senator – Tom Coburn of Oklahoma – is single-handedly blocking the bill, jeopardizing the progress toward peace so many have worked to create.  Read More »

5 Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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

American Lisa and Congolese Lisa - The New York Times

Date: 
Feb 5, 2010
Author: 
Nicholas Kristof

February 3, 2010, 10:45 pm

American Lisa and Congolese Lisa

By NICHOLAS KRISTOF

My Thursday column is about the war in eastern Congo, looking at the work of Lisa Shannon and her Run for Congo Women. Readers sometimes ask why I often write about outsiders, like Lisa, rather than about the innumerable local people who are doing extraordinary work — often at greater risk. It’s certainly true that Congo, for example, has a vibrant and admirable civil society, full of Congolese women themselves organizing against rape and war.

But it’s already very difficult to get Americans to show any interest in a remote, distant conflict, and if everyone in the drama is Congolese it’s that much harder. An American protagonist in the column creates a connection to readers, I hope, and leaves them more engaged in the topic. That may not be fair, but it’s the reality. Likewise, I want to encourage readers — overwhelmingly American — to get involved, and Lisa makes a nice role model for that.

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Spike In LRA Violence Raises Fears Of What’s To Come For Congo Civilians

Enough has learned that as many as 400 people may have died in eastern Congo in fresh attacks by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army.  Read More »

American Lisa and Congolese Lisa

Date: 
Feb 3, 2010
Author: 
NICHOLAS KRISTOF

My Thursday column is about the war in eastern Congo, looking at the work of Lisa Shannon and her Run for Congo Women. Readers sometimes ask why I often write about outsiders, like Lisa, rather than about the innumerable local people who are doing extraordinary work — often at greater risk. It’s certainly true that Congo, for example, has a vibrant and admirable civil society, full of Congolese women themselves organizing against rape and war.

But it’s already very difficult to get Americans to show any interest in a remote, distant conflict, and if everyone in the drama is Congolese it’s that much harder. An American protagonist in the column creates a connection to readers, I hope, and leaves them more engaged in the topic. That may not be fair, but it’s the reality. Likewise, I want to encourage readers — overwhelmingly American — to get involved, and Lisa makes a nice role model for that. Read more... 

Lisa Shannon’s Butterfly Effect

Lisa Shannon and baby Lisa - NKristof

Don’t miss Nicholas Kristof’s column today in the New York Times. He writes about Lisa Shannon, whom he met up with in the city of Bukavu, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Read More »

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