October 2012

New Satellite Sentinel Project Imagery: Explosions in Khartoum

The Satellite Sentinel Project acquired imagery of the explosion that rocked Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, just after midnight on October 24, 2012. Though the source of the explosion and fire were not immediately apparent, expert analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery shows evidence to indicate that the explosions were in fact the result of aerial bombardment.  Read More »

Activist, Prominent Doctor Denis Mukwege Targeted in Congo Attack

Gunmen apparently targeting prominent doctor and Congolese activist Denis Mukwege left a security guard at Mukwege’s home dead and a community shaken. The attack occurred Thursday evening in the eastern Congo city of Bukavu, where Mukwege’s Panzi Hospital has long treated some of the region’s most vulnerable patients—women suffering from fistula.  Read More »

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday.  Read More »

Congo Activism in the Face of the Chamber of Commerce’s Lawsuit

Despite the news this week that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers have filed a lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission over the conflict minerals regulation, both companies and activists continue to fight for progress.  Read More »

The Presidential Debates: What Was Missing?

The Lord's Resistance Army. Violence in eastern Congo, and between and within Sudan and South Sudan. These conflicts are some of the worst facing our world today. What else do they have in common?  Read More »

Women and Genocide in the 21st Century: A Call for Action to End the Tragedy of Darfur

Darfur Women Action Group is hosting an event this weekend in Washington, D.C., focused on women and genocide. Niemat Ahmadi is the founder of the group, and she wrote this guest blog post about why the ongoing tragedy in Darfur demands such an event.  Read More »

From Child Miner to Jewelry Store: The Six Steps to Conflict Gold in Congo

The conflict-gold rush is thriving in eastern Congo. Recent U.S. legislation and supply-chain pressure from tech companies has made it difficult for armed groups in the region to sell the 3-T minerals—tin, tantalum, and tungsten—and as a result, rebels and army commanders have increasingly turned to gold. In a report released today, the Enough Project looks at the illegal conflict-gold trade in eastern Congo that is fueling one of the most violent conflicts in the world.  Read More »

U.S. Companies Making Strides to be Conflict-free in Congo, Despite Industry Lawsuit

Late last week the National Association of Manufacturers, or NAM, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce made their move, initiating a legal challenge against the SEC and requesting that “the rule be modified or set aside in whole or in part.” But plenty of companies are already working to become conflict free.  Read More »

War Drums Continue to Beat in Eastern Congo as Rebels, Government Announce Changes

A tenuous stalemate in eastern Congo remains in place between the Congolese army, or FARDC, and the growing insurgency of the Rwanda-backed M23. However, a series of recent events might signal escalation towards conflict in advance of regional talks or further international intervention.  Read More »

Congo Dispatch: Key Minerals Smuggling Ring is in Good Health in Goma

Details from a confidential U.N. Group of Experts report on Congo emerged last week that show that smuggling of minerals into Rwanda and Burundi is on the rise, in spite of Congolese government efforts to regulate the trade. Furthermore, it seems that the profits from minerals clandestinely transported across the border are being used to fund the M23 rebellion, which began in April and has left half a million people displaced.

An incident and court case that transpired in Goma earlier this month, described in a new Enough field dispatch, provides a compelling illustration of how those smuggling operations work.  Read More »