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Why Don’t We Care About Congo’s Dead?

What happens when millions of Africans die in a conflict in which some of the world’s most desired natural resources are at stake? Very little, it turns out.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE


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Homophobia: Africa’s Hottest Trend

It’s not just Uganda. The Democratic Republic of the Congo could become the 38th African country to ban homosexuality. A politician in Kenya, meanwhile, is demanding enforcement of a colonial law that criminalizes gay sex.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE



The Horror, the Horror

If the Congolese can maintain hope in their horrific circumstances, and journalists like Michael Deibert literally risk their lives to bring us their stories, then it’s our human obligation to read them.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Good News for Pregnant Women in Republic of Congo

Although more than half of the women in the world who die during childbirth perish in sub-Saharan Africa, the Republic of Congo’s government has efficiently allotted funds toward improving infant delivery conditions. The results have been a 50 percent decrease in maternal deaths in the past 10 years.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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U.N.-Backed Congolese Troops Accused of Rape

Rebel militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo carried out mass rapes in the eastern part of the country in July and August. Now U.N.-backed Congolese “peacekeeping” troops are being accused of murdering and raping villagers in the same area. So ... who are the good guys, again?

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 READ MORE


Eve Ensler: Bald, Brave and Beautiful

The author of the hit play “The Vagina Monologues” sat down with me last week, in the midst of her battle with uterine cancer, to talk about New Orleans and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE


Tanker Truck Blast Kills 230 in the Congo

At least 230 people were killed and 190 injured when an oil tanker truck flipped over and blew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The blast was reportedly sparked by a cigarette as local residents attempted to collect oil spilling from the wreck.

Posted on Jul 3, 2010 READ MORE


AK-47s for All

The carnage taking place in the Congo has escaped media attention in the U.S.—but not in The Onion, which produced this satirical Congolese news report on the Congo’s version of a stimulus package.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE


iRape

The dirty little secret of the consumer electronics boom is that a lot of the sexy little gadgets you use every day are made from minerals that help fund what this video says is “the deadliest conflict in the world since the holocaust.”

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 READ MORE



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40,000 Flee New Fighting in Congo

A recent upsurge in fighting between the Lord’s Resistance Army and soldiers of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has displaced 40,000 people, adding to the nearly half a million persons already uprooted by the conflict.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Clinton Offers $17M in U.S. Aid to Combat Sex Crimes in Congo

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton witnessed the horrific living conditions that many Congolese women and children are enduring in their embattled country on Tuesday and was attentive to their stories about rape and sexual violence. She announced during her visit that the U.S. is extending $17 million in aid targeting sexual brutality.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Conflict Cell Phones

You’ve heard of conflict diamonds, but did you know there might be blood on your cell phone? This PSA brings a little-known aspect of the conflict in Eastern Congo to light and offers a suggestion on how global consumers can help.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 READ MORE


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David Rieff on ‘Africa’s World War’

Why does the Darfur violence arouse outrage but the slaughter of millions more in Congo does not? An indispensable new book by Gerard Prunier attempts an answer by combining cool analysis and scholarly dispassion without losing sight of the horror of its subject.

Posted on Feb 6, 2009 READ MORE


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Good-News Alert: Gorilla Paradise Discovered

While National Geographic may be the best magazine educating Americans about the horrors of the modern world, the organization also makes a point of highlighting positive earth news when it happens, such as the discovery that Congo may hold an additional 125,000 western lowland gorillas, which would double the known population of the critically endangered beast.

Posted on Aug 6, 2008 READ MORE


The Invisible War

It’s the deadliest conflict since World War II. More than 5 million people have died in the past decade, yet it goes virtually unnoticed and unreported in the United States.

Posted on Jan 23, 2008 READ MORE


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