When debating the merits of the argument for a more rigorous tracing and auditing system for conflict minerals originating in Congo, one need not look any further than Rwanda to understand the necessity. Read More »
In the two weeks since President Obama signed the conflict minerals bill, one corner of the blogosphere has been subsumed with posts pointing out the merits and the perceived flaws of the new law. Read More »
In this new field dispatch, Enough's Congo researcher Fidel Bafilemba offers some observations from Goma about the impact of conflict minerals on daily life and reactions in eastern Congo to the news of the U.S. law targeting the illicit minerals trade. Read More »
Senior commanders continue to benefit from Congo’s lucrative mineral trade. Striking examples of this trend are the staggering lifestyle and investments of some Congolese army officers here in the Kivus. Although official army salaries top out at 90,000 Congolese francs per month, less than $100, many Congolese generals and colonels own gas stations, run minerals exporters or ‘comptoirs’, and new buildings are sprouting up like mushrooms throughout cities of Goma, Bukavu, Butembo, Bunia and Kinshasa.
In this piece for CNN.com, we wrote about the landmark U.S. conflict minerals law and about how the Obama administration, Congolese government, civil society groups, and industry leaders should work to ensure that Congo's mineral wealth benefits Congolese. Read More »
In this guest blog post, activist Sharon Silber of the New York City Coalition for Darfur writes about the efforts of NYC-based activists convinced a group of U.S. representatives to cosponsor the conflict minerals legislation. Read More »
One of the leading stories last week was of course President Obama’s signing of the Wall Street reform bill. But several news outlets delved into the 2,300-page bill and highlighted the provision that addresses the role that U.S. companies play in funding atrocities carried out by militias in eastern Congo. Read More »