Eastern Congo

Conflict Minerals: Stories from the Mouth of the Mine

Conflict minerals contribute to one of Congo's deadliest conflicts. In November 2009, Enough Project consultant Sasha Lezhnev traveled to Congo to investigate the conflict minerals supply chain, beginning at the mouth of the mine. This is his story.

Conflict minerals contributed to one of Congo's deadliest conflicts. In November 2009, Enough Project consultant Sasha Lezhnev traveled to Congo to investigate the conflict minerals supply chain, beginning at the mouth of the mine. This is his story.

 

 

 

On LRA Uniforms

The use of other forces' uniforms is common practice for the Lord's Resistance Army, a group that is less well-supplied than a normal army, and for the strategic purpose of confusing local populations the LRA targets.  Read More »

The Barbarity of the Lord's Resistance Army

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Mar 30, 2010

The Barbarity of the Lord's Resistance Army

Submitted by kennedy@genocid... on Tue, 03/30/2010 - 9:10am

On Sunday, Human Rights Watch released a new report on atrocities that the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels committed in the northeastern DR Congo during December 2009. The report, “Trail of Death”, details the massacre of more than 300 people in the Congo’s Haute Uele region last December.

Over a four-day period in December 2009, the LRA rampaged through a 105 kilometer swath of Haut Uele’s Niangara territory (maps available here). During this time, the rebels posed as Ugandan or Congolese soldiers, first re-assuring people in order to gather together village residents. After locals had congregated, the LRA tied victims up in human chains and forcibly abducted them. At approximately the same time, the rebels appeared to have looted towns for supplies and killed those who were considered of little use. It appears that the purpose of these repeated raids was to kill civilians, loot supplies and replenish the LRA’s force through forced recruitment. “Trail of Death” lays out the atrocities in gruesome detail, highlighting the threat that even small groups of rebels pose to civilians throughout Central Africa.

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From Congo to a Film Fest Near You: 'Blood in the Mobile'

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Breaking My Link to Congo’s Conflict Minerals

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Report from the Road: Omekongo on Speaking Tour for Congo

Omekongo Dibinga

This past week, as a spokesperson for the RAISE Hope for Congo campaign, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit three schools for four performances in five days.  Read More »

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Four More Reps Back Conflict Minerals Bill

Gold in eastern Congo - S. Lezhnev

The conflict minerals bill in the House of Representatives is steadily picking up supporters. Four more congressmen recently signed on as co-sponsors, showing their support for ending violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo that is in part perpetuated by illicit trade in Congo’s mineral rich eastern region.  Read More »

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