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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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News Digest Congo (DRC): Denis Mukwege, Vaccin Ebola, Massacres à Djugu, Athlétisme, Naufrage,…

Published every Monday, and updated daily through the week, our News Digest Congo (DRC) is a selected compilation of recent stories on various topics to keep an eye on, from grassroots groups, major NGOs and international media sources around the world. Available in English and/or French. If you want to send a story idea or news tip, please use the form on this page. Chaque...

News Digest Congo (DRC): Enseignant en grève, Mines de Kolwezi, Ebola à Mangina, Catastrophe Ferroviaire,…

Published every Monday, and updated daily through the week, our News Digest Congo (DRC) is a selected compilation of recent stories on various topics to keep an eye on, from grassroots groups, major NGOs and international media sources around the world. Available in English and/or French. If you want to send a story idea or news tip, please use the form on this page. Chaque...

News Digest Congo (DRC): Djugu et Nizi, Kananga, Ebola, Démocratie en Afrique et Gouvernance…

Published every Monday, and updated daily through the week, our News Digest Congo (DRC) is a selected compilation of recent stories on various topics to keep an eye on, from grassroots groups, major NGOs and international media sources around the world. Available in English and/or French. If you want to send a story idea or news tip, please use the form on this page. Chaque...

The influx of more than 300 000 Congolese migrants from Angola and the situation in Kasai (IRIN)

Last week in this post we wrote about the deteriorating humanitarian and food security situation in the Kasai region, and we also mentioned another issue: in the past weeks, Angola’s crackdown on informal diamond mining had led to the expulsion of 200 000 Congolese migrants and their return could further destabilize Kasai. In an article by IRIN published a few days ago,...

Mobile Film Festival 2018: 51 minutes for Human Rights #StandUp4HumanRights

Ten years ago, to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), our founder Max Dana launched the ’60 Signers for the 60th Anniversary’ Initiative supported by Amnesty International, UNICEF, UNHCR, Human Rights Watch, FIDH, Reporters without Borders, OMCT, UNESCO… This event gave us the opportunity to celebrate Human Rights...



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In Focus

Remarkable people in Congo: Denis Mukwege.

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

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

Visit website: http://www.panzifoundation.org/

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

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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
Coltan
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!

Crisis In The Congo

The Assange case: international solidarity and implications for press fr... youtu.be/QYzDy-6VB-A via @YouTube #FreeAssange

NewCongoNews

Le président a été mal avisé d'accepter les soi-disant armées de la Communauté de l'Afrique de l'Est. Depuis son indépendance, le pays a une longue histoire de malchance lorsqu'il s'agit de faire venir des armées étrangères.

Jennifer Chollet

Ne sois pas triste que les gens parlent de toi dans ton dos. Ils sont au bon endroit derrière toi…

NewCongoNews

Tshisekedi opens a Pandora's Box in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo - Institute for Security Studies issafrica.org/iss-today/tshi…

Christoph N. Vogel

J’ai longuement réfléchi laquelle des nombreuses réalisations mentionner lors du départ de Nzita, mais je n’ai rien trouvé sauf un hashtag qui ne fait du sens et beaucoup des selfies. Néanmoins je tiens à remercier @USAmbDRC il m’a permis beaucoup de bonnes et mauvaises blagues.

ACTUALITE.CD

RDC : le Juge Dieudonné Kamuleta Badibanga officiellement investi Président de la Cour Constitutionnelle actualite.cd/2022/06/25/rdc…

Carambaristouille

Je pense que les bedos ont été inventés par les fabricants de briquets, pour nous obliger à les rallumer toutes les 4 secondes. Je ne vois pas d'autre explication.

ACTUALITE.CD

RDC : Steve Mwanza nommé Commissaire général à l'énergie atomique actualite.cd/2022/06/25/rdc…

ACTUALITE.CD

RDC : Ève Bazaïba échange avec les gouverneurs des provinces, les scientifiques et les membres du gouvernement pour une réussite totale de l'organisation de Pre-COP27 actualite.cd/2022/06/25/rdc…

The Voice Of Congo

“Quatre de nos enfants, l’avenir de leurs familles, de la nation ont perdu la vie à cause de la barbarie du #Rwanda. 41.000 d’entre-eux ne vont plus à l’école et 29.000 sont privés d’éducation. Pour leur mémoire, justice sera faite et rien ne sera oublié #BendeleEkweyaTe 🇨🇩” twitter.com/patrickmuyaya/…

AfriqueTweet💙

Le régime de @PaulKagame n'a que le malheur des africains comme fonds de commerce : Génocide au 🇷🇼#Rwanda, Génocide en 🇨🇩#RDC. Aujourd'hui les immigrants africains au Royaume-Uni 🇬🇧#UK pic.twitter.com/nvKHvT4908

AfriqueTweet💙

Le #Gabon et le #Togo intègrent le 🇬🇧@commonwealthsec. Tournant ainsi le dos à la 🇨🇵@OIFrancophonie qui n'apporte Rien. D'autres pays d'#Afrique prêts à emboîter le pas...🤔 lepoint.fr/afrique/le-gab…

Carambaristouille

Pourquoi y'a pas de féminin pour "poussin"?

NewCongoNews

Did Uhuru relieve Museveni of rebel M23 ugly diplomacy? - Monitor monitor.co.ug/uganda/oped/co…

NewCongoNews

RC Blog: We must find a common game plan to address internal displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo - Democratic Republic of the Congo - ReliefWeb reliefweb.int/report/democra…

Jon Hutson

Nothing to see here. Just an insurrectionist approach to abortion and right-wing ideological issues that celebrates violence, is "dishonest, non-law-abiding, cut throat, organized," and involves "fighting fire with fire". pic.twitter.com/PScJVa7cVa

NewCongoNews

Mental Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo - BORGEN - Borgen Project borgenmagazine.com/mental-hea…


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