Eastern Congo

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

May 3, 2010


CONTACT: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson@enoughproject.org

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


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.

House, Senate Conflict Minerals Bills Gain Ground

It's been a big week for the Conflict Minerals Trade Act, or H.R. 4128.  Not only did the bill pass out of the Foreign Affairs Committee, bringing it one step closer to becoming law, it also picked up four new cosponsors, making the total 39.  Read More »

5 Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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

NYC Event: Representations of Africa

If you happen to be in New York City this evening, Columbia University’s Teachers College is hosting a panel that will be worth checking out called “Representations of Africa,” hosted by the school’s Center for African Education and the African Studies Working Group. I'll be there, representing Enough Said.  Read More »

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