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A Short History of Congo (DRC)

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In 1960 the Belgian Congo gains its independence and becomes the Republic of the Congo, the second-largest country in Africa. The country has the world’s largest reserves of cobalt and diamonds, and significant quantities of gold, copper, tungsten, tin... But slavery and decades of corruption have turned it into one of the poorest. Congo's civil war is the world's bloodiest conflict since World War II: more than 5 million people have died, millions more have been driven to the brink by starvation and disease, and several million women and girls have been raped. In 2001, self-proclaimed President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated and his son, Joseph Kabila seized power; he was elected president five years later. Since then the security situation remains volatile and the humanitarian situation has worsened. Learn more about the country, and about organizations and people working hard to make it a safer, better place.

Latest News about Congo on the MagkaSama Project

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Louise Mushikiwabo, le Rwanda, la Francophonie… Et les francophones !

Les 11 et 12 octobre 2018 s’est déroulé le XVIIe Sommet de la Francophonie à Erevan en Arménie. Pendant deux jours, les Chefs d’État et de gouvernement francophones ont débattu des grands enjeux mondiaux et de la contribution de la Francophonie pour y répondre, notamment autour de la question du Vivre ensemble qui constituait la thématique principale de leurs...

Breaking The Silence: Congo Week, October 14 – 20, 2018

Since 2008, we have participated in Breaking The Silence: Congo Week, and many of you joined us in 2013 when we organized events and discussions during this special week. The purpose of Congo Week is to raise global consciousness about the situation in the Congo and advocate for peace, justice and human dignity in partnership with the Congolese people. For 10 years, Congo Week...

Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad awarded 2018 Nobel Peace Prize!

On Friday, Nadia Murad and Congolese Dr Denis Mukwege were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 for their “efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war“. We often mention the incredible work of Denis Mukwege at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, he has been working for years with victims of sexual violence in DR Congo (learn more via our En Route To...

The City of Joy Documentary is now available on Netflix

Documentaries have a very important role and we think they have the power to change the world. They promote greater understanding of the major events and issues of our time, and they can educate ourselves about important issues and change our perspective. We frequently organize online discussions and screenings of documentaries/movies because we consider they are an in-depth...

Evan Atar Adaha, chirurgien au Soudan du Sud, lauréat du prix Nansen 2018

Nous célébrons régulièrement l’engagement d’hommes et de femmes, médecins d’exception, qui mettent leurs compétences au service des populations les plus démunies. Certains travaillent dans des conditions particulièrement difficiles et ils sauvent quotidiennement des vies au risque de la leur. C’est le cas du Dr Tom Catena à l’Hôpital...

More News related to Congo

Selected Internet resources (French and English) about Congo news:

In Focus

Remarkable people in Congo: Denis Mukwege.

Dr. Denis Mukwege, Panzi Hospital - Congo (DRC)

Dr. Denis Mukwege, Panzi Hospital - Congo (DRC)

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Dr. Denis Mukwege founded Panzi Hospital in 1996 as a response to the devastating war that surrounded his community in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a direct outcome of the war, maternal mortality was on the rise, and Dr. Mukwege, a French-trained gynecological surgeon, hoped to improve access to cesarean sections and other obstetric interventions. His first patient, however, wasn't a mother in labor, but a survivor of rape whose vagina and rectum had been destroyed with a knife. Dr. Mukwege was appalled, and as the epidemic of sexual violence flared up along with the pace of the war, he dedicated significant hospital resources to treating women with fistula...

Learn more about the Situation and the Conflicts in Congo

Video to watch and share, organizations and campaigns to support.

Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering The Truth

Friends of the Congo
Millions of Congolese have lost their lives in a conflict that the United Nations describes as the deadliest in the world since World War Two. United States allies, Rwanda and Uganda, invaded in 1996 the Congo (then Zaire) and again in 1998, which triggered the enormous loss of lives, systemic sexual violence and rape, and widespread looting of Congo’s spectacular natural wealth...LEARN MORE

The High Price of Gold

by Ross Domoney & Diane Taylor
The harrowing plight of women and children in the Eastern DRC is exposed in this powerful short doc. Driven from their land, they work in mines as slaves in a desperate bid to protect themselves from rape. "They came into houses and raped and killed children. They raped my two-year-old daughter," recounts Irene, who is now living in the UK. Since 1997, various militias have been fighting for Congo's vast mineral wealth in a bitter conflict for which women are largely paying the price... LEARN MORE

Blood in the Mobile, a documentary by Frank Poulsen

Why phones are financing war in Congo
We love our cell phones and the selection between different models has never been bigger. But the production of phones has a dark, bloody side. The main part of minerals used to produce cell phones are coming from the mines in the Eastern DR Congo. The Western World is buying these so-called conflict minerals and thereby finances a civil war that, according to human rights organisations, has been the bloodiest conflict since World War II... LEARN MORE

I'm a Mac... and I've Got a Dirty Secret

Raise Hope For Congo, A campaign of the Enough Project
Hello, I'm a Mac, and I'm helping fuel the war in the Congo -- the deadliest war in the world. So are PCs, cell phones, digital cameras and other electronics. That's what Apple's famous ads don't tell you. So actor/activist Brooke Smith and cinematographer Steven Lubensky teamed up with actors Joshua Malina and John Lehr to create a version that sets the record straight... LEARN MORE

Messages for Congo

You can share your experience or show your support by sending a Message. View more on this page.

Book recommendations

List of books from our previous reading groups, suggested by our Members and/or submitted by readers of the MagkaSama Project. We welcome your suggestions (here) for books to be added to this list!

Congo: The Epic History of a People By David Van Reybrouck
Plaidoyer pour la vie By Denis Mukwege
Blood River: The Terrifying Journey Through The World's Most Dangerous Country by Tim Butcher
Consuming the Congo: War and Conflict Minerals in the World's Deadliest Place
A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman
Africa's World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe
Le viol, une arme de terreur : Dans le sillage du docteur Mukwege by In Koli Jean Bofane
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa By Jason Stearns
Journey to the Heart of Darkness: Remembering Congo's Forgotten By Trésor Yenyi
Congo By Michael Crichton
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa Paperback By Adam Hochschild

Congo on Twitter

We created a Twitter List: En Route to Congo. We added many Twitter accounts from Congolese civil society groups, organizations working in Congo, as well as other organizations abroad, and campaigns to support. We invite you to follow them to learn more about Congo!

Lee Ann De Reus, PhD

Check out @DV_LEAP’s latest email blast with pics from our 15th anniversary party at the @Newseum. Thanks for celebrating this milestone with us! #TipTheScales #MakeTheLawWork…


'@allimadi leads post film discussion of "Che in the Congo" with director Ben Crowe @Congoinharlem #CongoWeek

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.I’m joining @amnestyusa to help stop #Trump from jailing kids! Help us reach 50,000 public comments by November 6th:…

Emery Pat. OLENGHA

Il n’y a de salut en aucun autre; car il n’y a sous le ciel aucun autre nom qui ait été donné parmi les hommes, par lequel nous devions être sauvés. Actes 4:12 LSG

Emery Pat. OLENGHA

Choisir de servir son pays étroitement sans pour autant se bousculer à la porte électorale pleine de gens sans aucune âme et conscience mais juste le faire en eduquant les consciences plus que détruite par deux décennies de politique d'auto suffisance égoïste et d'oppression !

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Saudi Arabia pays UK firms millions to boost image | World news | The Guardian

Edith Brou

Grâce à la jeune ministre de l'Economie Numérique du Bénin, Mme @AurelieASZ , j'ai appris un nouveau terme : la Cyber-hygiène. 😎🆕 Retrouvez-la pendant #AfricaCSC18 #Afro4Tech du 24 au 26 Octobre 2018 au Sofitel Ivoire Abidjan…

Edith Brou

Mathydy: La montre 100% africaine créée par un couple sénégalais…

Emery Pat. OLENGHA

Un vieux Papa qu'on est entrain de manipuler. Antoine Gizenga a soutenu pendant 12 ans la Kabilie et ose se dire d'un parti dénommé PALU (parti Lumumbiste Unifié). Qu'à t'il eu en retour et pour quel résultat concret. Juste s'enrichir avec sa famille. Que le "LU" soit supprimé!😷

Dr. Omekongo Dibinga

Today’s #motivation - “Let your smile change the world but don’t let the world change your smile!” @oprahmagazine @OWNTV @supersoul #FeelGoodFriday #fridayfeeling #fridaymotivation

Emery Pat. OLENGHA

Dans tout ce brouhaha d'opinions divergentes je me sens au dessus de cette mêlée confuse. Faire de la politique tout en restant sage et refusant d'accompagner les mauvaises consciences prêtes à nous faire un énième remake du moi je ferai ce qui me mettra en chair et en valeur..🏃

Manitech Congo

Bon, je dépose ça là. 3 jours d'expos au @PNUDRDC, conférences et coaching des jeunes dans le cadre de la journée mondiale de la lutte contre la pauvreté Touche joyeuse, nous avons été élue le 2e meilleurs stands de l'expos. Ça fait chaud au cœur ça.


Norbert BASENGEZI KATINTIMA poursuit la sensibilisation dans le Sud Kivu Le jeudi 18 octobre 2018, le Vice-président de la CENI, Norbert BASENGEZI KATINTIMA a animé un cadre de concertation à Bukavu en la salle ‘’la...…

Beni saigne encore et toujours. En silence, chut!

Comment un homme qui a du mal a lui même tenir debout peut-il « soutenir » quiconque, et non l’inverse? 🤔 cette course électorale tourne au surnaturel !…

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