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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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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...

Agencies sound alarm over sexual attacks, murder and torture in Congo

In an article published this afternoon titled: ‘They killed my children and raped me’: sexual violence remains rife in Congo, The Guardian indicates the conflict in Kasai Central province that was thought to have subsided after a peak of violence more than a year ago, continues to cause massive suffering, reports suggest. We already published several posts about...

The Golden Laundromat: The conflict gold trade from eastern Congo to the United States and Europe (The Sentry)

We regularly mention The Sentry on the MagkaSama Project, an initiative of the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch. As you know, we supported several of the Enough Project campaigns over the years on topics we focus on such as conflict minerals and human rights. The Sentry publishes news and reports on Sudan and South Sudan (we live-tweeted the press conference and we...

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...

More News related to Congo

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

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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!


La LUCHA prône une transition citoyenne pour faire le ménage (sur les plans constitutionnel, legal, sécuritaire et politique), organiser de vraies élections et donner un nouveau départ à la #RDC. Le reste n’est que du théâtre, avec un metteur en scène (Kabila) et ses figurants.


2. Le problème de la fiabilité du fichier électoral reste entier. Sans citer le tas d’autres problèmes qui font de ce processus un véritable marché de dupes, où le peuple et ses aspirations sont sacrifiés par tous.


Les amis de #Butembo, nous avons besoin de retrouver notre jeune chanteur à des fins éditoriales. Prière de contacter @politicocd si vous avez des informations pouvant aider. Ou @LitsaniChoukran ou encore @FMLarousse #RDC…


Pour le #FCC, la politique se résume à faire l'aumône de 10.000 FC chaque année à quelques personnes, et c'est tout. Après, 5 ans de pillages, gabegie, meurtres... Puis on redistribuera des t-shirts pour se faire réélire. Tout un projet de société ! #RDC @EmmanuelShadary…


A 10 jours des élections, après des années de calme, les #FDLR et #RDF recommencent à se battre à la frontière de la #RDC. Le Congo est décidément la capitale mondiale des hasards malheureux...…


Les politiciens ont leurs raisons que la raison ignore - et en #RDC plus qu’ailleurs. 1. Utiliser les machines à voter comme imprimantes ne résout ni le problème d’intégrité du vote (la plupart d’électeurs ne pouvant pas utiliser la MAV sans être assistés), ni celui de fiabilité.

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Paul Simon and Miriam Makeba - Under African Skies (Live from The African Concert, 1987) - YouTube

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"Stephen Miller is a toxic landfill in human form." 😍 #SoTrue

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The Sound of Silence (Live at Central Park, New York, NY - August 15, 1991) - YouTube #PaulSimon #CentralPark #NYC #TheSoundofSilence ❤️

The Voice Of Congo

Après l’UDPS/UNC, #Lamuka “accepte (finalement) l'usage de la machine à voter pour les 3 scrutins, tout en insistant sur le fait qu'elle ne serve que d'imprimante” . Pierre Lumbi a fait cette annonce après discussions @MartinFayulu Fayulu #RDC


"Je vais voter Fayulu", un tube de la campagne en #RDC, chanté par un artiste très spécial.


RDC : Les USA exhortent les citoyens américains à profiter des vols commerciaux pour quitter le pays…


#RDC "Oubliez les candidats députés qui vous ont trahi", lance Moïse Katumbi qui appelle à accompagner Martin Fayulu "avec les vrais députés"…


#Congo - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) says it is gravely concerned at the deteriorating political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and has...…

The Voice Of Congo

“ contrairement à certains candidats, il (@fatshi13 ) n’est pas «  leader » par procuration ! Son discours de Lubumbashi atteste de sa maturité ! “ - @AdamBombole

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