Reporting from eastern Congo, the New York Times’ Nick Kristof filed a compelling commentary on the decade-long conflict there that should make world leaders and the broader public stop in their tracks and ask themselves what they’ve done to help the people of Congo. Read More »
I talked to Antoinette's father today, in Mama Koko's living room. A modest man, mid-50s, pressed, tucked, and in a baseball cap – visibly wearing the weight of his recent loss. He sat on the far end of the sofa, with Koko's elderly uncle, who had been badly beaten himself last year by the Lord’s Resistance Army, on the other end. Read More »
My name is Britney Bear and I am an intern in the National Security Department of the Center for American Progress. I am excited to announce that on March 20 I will be running the 2010 SunTrust National Half-Marathon to raise awareness and money for the Enough Project! Read More »
As I lounged in the back of Mama Koko's compound, a round mud and thatch open-air gathering spot for the family, 20 or so brothers, uncles, cousins, babies, and new moms all gathered around in celebration of Koko's homecoming, their long-lost relative who lives in America. Read More »
Rather than simply issue a statement, Senator Inhofe (R-OK) took the extra step to address the Senate chamber, stressing the vital impact the legislation would have on the children who endured the brutal tactics of Lord's Resistance Army. Read More »
Three more representatives are joining the fight to end U.S. involvement in the conflict minerals trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Tom Perriello (D-VA), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) signed on as co-sponsors this week to the Conflict Minerals Trade Act of 2009, or H.R. 4128 Read More »
By Tricia Miller
Roll Call Staff
Jan. 19, 2010, 12 a.m.
It was an unusual occurrence: a Congressional hearing that turned highly emotional last May, leaving a mark on those involved.
A joint effort of two Senate Foreign Relations subcommittees, the hearing focused on violence against women in the conflict zones of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. John Prendergast, the co-founder of the Center for American Progress’ Enough Project, which seeks to stop political violence against civilians in Africa, testified that day.
“I can’t even count the number of hearings I’ve testified at during the last couple decades. They come and go, and Members are usually somewhat attentive, and they have a day or two worth of chatter afterward,” he recalled last week. “This particular hearing — I thought it was quite profound. The Members who attended still talk about it when I see them.”
The hearing was a distinct highlight in the first year of a revamped Foreign Relations subcommittee. Formerly known as the Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights and Democracy, the panel added global women’s issues to its portfolio in the 111th Congress.
Issues affecting women around the world are getting a new look in the U.S. With Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) as chairman of the revamped subcommittee and former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton serving as secretary of State, the committee quickly moved to confirm a former Clinton aide, Melanne Verveer, to a new post at the State Department: ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. Verveer was among the witnesses in the first panel at the subcommittee’s hearing in May.
“We are being exterminated by the LRA and from hunger,” said a resident of Bangadi, a small town in northeastern Congo, speaking to Enough researcher Ledio Cakaj. In a new two-part dispatch, Ledio reports on his recent trip to an area that has recently fallen victim to reoccurring attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Read More »
A resurgent LRA is terrorizing the population in the Haut Uele region of Congo. Soldiers deployed to the region have been unable to provide adequate protection. This is the second of two dispatches based on my visit to Haut Uele.