Congo has suffered from its singular framing as "the rape capital of the world."The attention devoted to this problem has inadvertently led to the neglect of other challenges in DRC. It has also led to a fundamental misunderstanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to sexual violence.
War Criminal Accepts Conviction and Expresses Regret for Victims' Suffering: What About Reparations?
Few observers expected Germain Katanga, a militia leader found guilty of promoting ruthless attacks on civilians in eastern Congo, to lay down his arms and accept the judgment of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Congo has been at war or something like it for a generation. It's estimated that since 1997, when Mobutu left power, between
Millions of people have died from violence, disease and hunger in eastern Congo since 1996 in conflict fuelled by foreign
"One of these U.N. drones crashed not long after it took off," a senior official Congo's interior ministry told Reuters, asking
The U.N.) says the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the world's deadliest since World War II. The Congo catastrophe, however, has gone largely unnoticed by the world's media, and global leaders have placed the crisis on the back burner.
"They are all sharing the illegal spoils. It’s a scramble. It’s grab as much as you can," a United Nations official told
These trips fly by for me. It seems like I just get acclimated to the schedule, to the food (or lack thereof), to not sleeping (somehow I never sleep in Congo), to 18 hour days, and suddenly it's time to go home. And as I seem to always say, at the end of every trip, I feel sad to leave.
David Aronson, a freelance journalist, and Mvemba Dizolele, a fellow at the free-market Hoover Institution, testified that