November 2011

Violent Rhetoric on the Rise as Congo’s Presidential Hopefuls Visit the East

The city of Goma came to a standstill this week as its residents awaited the arrival of the incumbent President Joseph Kabila and one of the main opposition figures and presidential hopeful, Etienne Tshisekedi. As part of the electoral campaign, officially launched on October 28, the two contenders traveled to the provincial capital of North Kivu to stir up popular support for the upcoming elections on November 28.  Read More »

Miriam, Sudan Refugee: ‘It’s too fresh in my mind’

Miriam and Fatima - Enough - Omer Ismail

Miriam was listless as she spoke, sitting on a plastic mat outside of a tukul in the refugee camp. “I can’t even make any sense out of it because it’s too fresh in my mind,” she said, patting a crying young child clamoring for her attention. “My mind is still gripped by this,” Miriam said as she began to tell about the day fighting broke out in the town of Wad el-Mahi in Sudan’s Blue Nile state.  Read More »

Tracking the LRA: There’s an App for That

In September, our friends at Resolve and Invisible Children partnered to launch the LRA Crisis Tracker, an online resource that documents the real-time activities of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Now, the online tool is available on-the-go.  Read More »

Launch of Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade

On November 15, 2011, the Enough Project, along with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, and a coalition of private sector partners, civil society, and other organizations, formally launched the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade, or PPA.  Read More »

Congo Bishops: U.S. Conflict Minerals Bill Will Help Livelihoods

Miner in Congo - Enough - Laura Heaton

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Congo wrote to the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, last week supporting strong regulations for the Dodd-Frank legislation on conflict minerals and combating the notion that the bill is bad for Congolese livelihoods.  Read More »

Congo: The Legacy—And Now Present Threat—of the Volcano

Volcano over Goma - Enough - John Bagwell

Eastern Congo’s Nyamuragira volcano has been erupting at an epic scale near the city of Goma over the past few days. Having returned from Goma less than two weeks ago to capture stories not traditionally heard about life surrounded by conflict in eastern Congo, we’re left thinking about the impact these volcanoes have on daily life in the region.  Read More »

‘I Act for Sudan’ Generates Facebook Buzz, Urges U.S. to Protect Atrocity Victims

Following up on its recent open letter to President Obama, the new alliance Act for Sudan is mobilizing on Facebook this week to get its message out to the masses and especially policy makers: It is time for the U.S. government to escalate actions against the Khartoum regime.  Read More »

Greenpeace Teams Up with Enough for Conflict Minerals Standards

Just in time for the holidays, Greenpeace has released its 2011 Guide to Greener Electronics. This annual report serves as consumer guide for 15 leading global electronics companies and ranks each company on its energy use and emissions, green products, and sustainable operations. This year HP ranked first on the Greenpeace scale by a fairly significant margin, while RIM brought up the rear with a score of only 1.6 out of 10.  Read More »

SSP Corroborates Evidence of Bombings of South Sudan Refugee Camps

The Satellite Sentinel Project followed up its November 11 report showing Sudan Armed Forces increasing air attack capacity near the border of Sudan and South Sudan with another report today that confirms evidence of bombings in Guffa and Yida refugee camps in South Sudan.  Read More »

Everyday Heroes in Congo: Stories of Hope

We set out to eastern Congo a few weeks ago to highlight what life has been like for five people surrounded by this conflict that has lasted for over 15 years, and each person we met reshaped any preconceived notions about where this journey would take us. We’ve returned even more curious than when we began, inspired to continue to do everything we can from our position to end the conflict, and excited to share with you faces beyond statistics that we’ve gotten to know over the past couple of weeks.  Read More »