Eastern Congo

Defeating the LRA: 5 Tips for US Leaders

LRA victim in Congo - LCakaj

As part of my work covering the LRA, I have been traveling to most of the LRA affected areas, where I have conducted numerous interviews with victims of LRA violence and policymakers alike. Based on my findings on the ground, there are at least five important actions that the policy team in charge of designing a multilateral strategy to address the LRA issues should focus on.  Read More »

5 Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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Senators Durbin, Brown Travel To Africa

For this week’s Presidents Day Congressional recess, Senate Majority Leader Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have headed to central and east Africa with plans to visit four countries during their six-day trip, including Congo and Sudan.  Read More »

UN Chief In Congo: End The Pillage Of Resources

Panning for gold - S. Lezhnev

“[P]olicy makers and profiteers – near and far – must do more to remove the underpinnings of the war itself,” wrote Alan Doss, head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, in a letter to the editor of the NYTimes.  Read More »

A Long-Term Effect Of Congo’s Endemic Sexual Violence

More than 8,000 rapes were reported in eastern Congo in 2009, according to a new U.N. estimate. These numbers are staggering in and of themselves, but a recent connection made by the UNAIDS organization highlighted the fact that these atrocities are more than a humanitarian crisis; they are also a vital public health concern.  Read More »

A Congolese Dad

As Koko’s bother introduced us, he pushed up his sleeve to reveal a bandage around his upper arm.  It was the father who was shot in the arm while holding his three year old daughter in the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, attack on January 14th.  Read More »

5 Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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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 »

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