Eastern Congo

Congo: A Death Toll Rivaling The Holocaust

Dusk at Mugunga IDP camp, Congo

With an estimated death toll of six million, the Holocaust is widely viewed as the singularly most devastating period in modern history. Yet despite the increased interconnectedness of the world today and the international provisions in place to respond to humanitarian crises, the conflict in eastern Congo rages on without an effective international response –- surpassing the Holocaust in number of years and now, even in number of lives lost.  Read More »

Notorious Congo War Criminal Making News

It seems the pressure may be rising against a Congo warlord known as The Terminator who is a regular at eastern Congo’s most posh establishments.  Read More »

Landmark Violence Against Women Act Introduced

Woman in clinic, eastern Congo

Human rights advocates and international women’s organizations late last week welcomed the introduction of the bipartisan International Violence Against Women Act, or I-VAWA.  Read More »

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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