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.
The mission, MONUSCO, said it had received reports of gross human rights abuses including the reported summary killings at
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.
This is the first time since 2004, at the height of Congo's conflict, that rebels have occupied the city of Goma. A week has gone by, but the U.S. media and government have barely acknowledged this escalating crisis.
Communities in Masisi district in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been displaced on a daily basis and at least 18 have been murdered, caught between attacks by opposing rebel groups. The UN peacekeeping forces (MONUSCO) and the Congolese army must intervene to protect the civilian population.
As documented in a new report from the Enough Project, which ranks electronics firms on their progress in cleaning up their supply chains of conflict minerals, there are glimmers of hope for eastern Congo despite ongoing violence there, which is driven partly by conflict minerals.
Ben Affleck discusses child survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Despite recent good news for children in other African nations, in Congo, the numbers are still grim. With just 1% of the global population, Congo is responsible for over 6% of global child mortality.
Read Reuters' full report below. Thousands of women and children have abandoned their homes in Congo, fleeing recent clashes
Today, like every other day for the past four months, I spent hours working with students throughout New Orleans to make bones. Handmade bones. Sculpted from clay into individual ribs, femurs, skulls, any bone in the human body that fires their imagination. But, this is not a study of anatomy.
The war in Congo is a war which most people know nothing about, despite the fact that we're all directly connected to it.