Washington, D.C. — The Enough Project's Field Researcher Kasper Agger will testify tomorrow, May 1, at 10:00 am at the House Foreign Relations Committee hearing, "The Central African Republic: 'Pre-genocide' to Genocide?" along with a high-level panel of CAR experts including The Honorable Robert P. Jackson, The Honorable Anne Richard, Sean Callahan, Madeline Rose, and The Honorable Robin Renee Sanders.
Following a recent trip to CAR, Agger will be testifying about the underlying drivers of the conflict, including natural resource exploitation and regional dynamics, and identify ways the international community can support sustainable peace and stability.
Kasper Agger, Enough Project Field Researcher, states:
“CAR’s rich natural resources and fragile state institutions have for decades attracted many actors who seek to profit from and also fuel violence that has killed, wounded, and displaced millions. There is an urgent need to recognize the regional implications of these dynamics and the interests of the many transnational actors involved in the illicit trade of natural resources. If U.S. policymakers are able to identify these interests and adopt a regional approach to the diplomatic strategy in CAR, they can play a vital role in the effort to cut off the revenues of violent actors.”
The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more about Enough, go to www.enoughproject.org.