Eastern Congo

U.N. Renews Congo Sanctions Despite Misgivings - The Wall Street Journal

Date: 
Dec 1, 2009
Author: 
Joe Lauria

UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council on Monday renewed sanctions against rebel groups in eastern Congo, despite a U.N. report that said the measures had so far failed to stop exports of gold and other minerals that have financed a decadelong war there in which millions of civilians have been killed.

Monday's resolution asks U.N. member nations to "ensure importers, processing industries and consumers of Congolese mineral products under their jurisdiction exercise due diligence on their suppliers and on the origin of the minerals they purchase."

The resolution doesn't mention any companies or countries, but the U.N. experts' report, which is to be released in the next few weeks, does. The report, which was reviewed by news organizations including The Wall Street Journal, blames Uganda, Rwanda and the United Arab Emirates for running a trading network of smuggled gold and other minerals.

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Companies Pledge to Avoid ‘Dirty’ Gold - The New York Times

Date: 
Dec 1, 2009
Author: 
Sindya N. Bhanoo

Several major jewelry retailers, including Sears, Kmart and Blue Nile made a pledge last week to sell gold that has been mined and produced through humane, eco-friendly methods.

The companies all signed the No Dirty Gold campaign’s Golden Rules for sourcing gold, organized by Earthworks, a nonprofit organization.

Unlike in the diamond industry, no formal certification process exists to ensure conflict-free gold. Earthworks hopes that the No Dirty Gold coalition will help fuel the creation of such a system that “assures consumers and retailers that the gold they are buying has been produced in ways that minimize harm to people or the environment.”

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Gold Addiction Fuels Brutal Congo War - The Huffington Post

Date: 
Nov 25, 2009

This Sunday "60 Minutes" will present an investigation into how the global gold industry is helping fuel violence and chaos in the Congo.

CBS reporter Scott Pelley's investigation found that conflict in the region was often to do with different militias seeking control over valuable natural resources.

"If you do a conflict analysis, you will find that when there are spikes in violence, it has something to do with contestation over the mineral resources, gold and the rest of them," John Prendergast tells Pelley. Prendergast worked in the Clinton administration on Africa policy, and co-founded "The Enough Project," which works to expose war crimes.

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60 Minutes Spotlights Gold, Conflict Minerals Fueling Congo's War

In a hard-hitting segment last night, 60 Minutes highlighted the role of gold in fueling Congo’s deadly war and detailed the Central African players and forces involved on the ground.  Read More »

What Should Be Done About Congo’s Gold Trade?

A powerful segment on CBS’ 60 Minutes last night demonstrated with stark clarity how the trade in conflict gold is a major source of funding for armed groups that target civilian populations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The supply chain in gold can be made conflict-free through the same three steps that Enough has recommended for other conflict minerals.

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60 Minutes Takes On Congo's Conflict Minerals

After an eventful trip to eastern Congo in June and many months in production, the all-new segment CONGO GOLD aired tonight on CBS’ 60 Minutes.  Read More »

60 Minutes Takes On Congo's Conflict Minerals - CBS

Date: 
Nov 29, 2009
Author: 
Solly Granatstein and Nicole Young

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The price of gold set another all-time record this past week. There's demand for gold for investments, for circuits in cell phones and computers, and, in this holiday season, for jewelry. But there's another price being paid for gold that you probably haven't heard about.

Gold and other minerals are funding the deadliest war since World War II. More than five million people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Years ago, the jewelry industry banned the trafficking in so-called blood diamonds, but the same hasn't happened with gold.

In the heart of central Africa, "60 Minutes" found a campaign of rape and murder being funded largely by gold that is exported to the world.

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Consuming the Congo

The Enough Project is proud to feature this exclusive, in-depth multimedia presentation from VII, the world's premiere conflict photography agency.

The Enough Project is proud to feature this exclusive, in-depth multimedia presentation from VII, the world's premiere conflict photography agency.

VII's photographers have extensively covered war in the Congo, and the three slideshows below chronicle the causes and effects of the war -- the deadliest in the world since WWII.

Congo at War

Photos by VII Photographers
Comments by Enough's John Prendergast

Our demand for cell phones, laptops and other electronics is ravaging the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Congo is rich in the minerals that make electronics work, and the battle for the resources has left over 5 million dead. Hundreds of thousands of women have been raped in the Congo, making it the world's most dangerous place to be a woman or girl.

We, as consumers of products made from Congo's "conflict minerals," hold the key to the solution.


Resource Exploitation

Photos by VII photographer Marcus Bleasdale
Comments by Enough

Congo’s mineral wealth did not spark the conflict in eastern Congo, but war profiteering has become the fuel that keeps the region aflame.

For 10 years, VII's Marcus Bleasdale has documented the effects of resource exploitation on the Congolese people. In this collection of images he shares some of the stories behind his incredible photos.


Rape as a War Crime

Photos by VII Photographers
Comments by Leslie Thomas, Executive Director of Art Works Projects

Although military and rebel factions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) signed a peace agreement in early 2008, life in the region remains riddled with violence. Rape as a tool of war has been commonplace and perpetuated by all sides in the conflict. No one knows exactly how many women have been impacted, but there is not a community in eastern DRC which is untouched. Attacks on civilians, including little girls as young as three years old and grandmothers of 70, persist. As a result, families are often shattered and villages terrorized. The war has also decimated the health care system and parents are frequently unable to provide basic, life saving medical care for themselves and their children, resulting in even larger numbers of entirely preventable deaths.

The exhibition Congo/Women: Portraits of War, the Democratic Republic of Congo was created in collaboration with VII photographers Lynsey Addario, Marcus Bleasdale, Ron Haviv, and James Nachtwey by Art Works Projects and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender at Columbia College Chicago in an effort to alert the public to this unacceptable gender violence and the widespread damage it has created. Once aware, the public can take the necessary steps to bring relief to survivors by calling their elected representatives, joining campaigns like Raise Hope for Congo, and working to bring the Congo/Women exhibition to their own communities.

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