Congo is also known for its impressive natural resource wealth, yet it is as rich in resources as it is in atrocities given the fact that it has been ravaged by successive wars for more than 15 years. The province of South Kivu and its capital city, Bukavu, is one of the worst conflict-affected areas in eastern Congo. In light of the conflict and hardship in the East, I asked myself: Do the upcoming elections matter here?
Across the country and here in South Kivu the campaign is the subject of countless conversations among the locals. I spent some time walking around in town to capture the sentiments of people. Read More »
As electoral campaign violence flares in parts of Congo, officials and onlookers are becoming increasingly concerned about increased foul-play and violence threatening free and fair elections just over a week from now. Nothing could be a better illustration of such activity than the recent kidnapping of traditional Hunde singer Fabrice Masumbuko in Goma. Read More »
During the first stop on what has effectively become my “Southern Tour” for the Raise Hope for Congo campaign, I recently found myself catching the contagious enthusiasm of Congo advocates in Birmingham before I had even had a morning cup of coffee. These two incredible women were taking their Congo story to the office of U.S. Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-AL), and I met them at a coffee shop to prep for the meeting and learn about their efforts. Read More »
I’ve never been to sub-Saharan Africa. I’ve never been to a refugee camp. But I’m spending Thanksgiving and next week visiting Darfuri refugee camps in eastern Chad. Many of these refugees, nearly 300,000, have lived in the camps since the Darfur conflict ignited in 2003. Read More »
The Catholic Bishops Conference of Congo wrote to the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, last week supporting strong regulations for the Dodd-Frank legislation on conflict minerals and combating the notion that the bill is bad for Congolese livelihoods. Read More »