January 2013

Students to Obama: You Can Help Get Peace in Congo Back on Track

President Barack Obama

Yesterday, hundreds of students across the country, and around the world, took time out of their day to call the White House.  Read More »

Congo Activists Deliver Petition for U.S. Presidential Envoy to the White House

When the M23 rebel group seized the city of Goma in eastern Congo last November, a coalition of activists sprang into action. Activists began calling for a U.S. presidential envoy to work with leaders and stakeholders from the region to address the urgent security needs.   Read More »

Defections from LRA Gaining Momentum

Efforts to establish “safe reporting sites,” where rebels with the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, can surrender peacefully, are starting to pay off.  Read More »

Enough Project Welcomes John Kerry as Secretary of State; Urges His Continued Support on Sudan, Congo, and LRA

Longtime human rights champion Senator John Kerry was confirmed yesterday as the new U.S. Secretary of State by a Senate vote of 94-3. As the new administration settles in for the next four years, Secretary Kerry—who has been an outspoken and staunch advocate for human rights—will now, more than ever, be positioned to help support African nations in ending crimes against humanity and building a path toward long-term peace and stability.  Read More »

Rep. Bass: Congo Deserves Renewed Focus on Africa Agenda

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, advocates for the U.S. government to boost its engagement in the Democratic Republic of Congo during President Obama's second term. Her op-ed originally appeared in Roll Call.  Read More »

Recent Encounter with the LRA May Provide Hints about Kony’s Whereabouts

The Ugandan army, or UPDF, earlier this month had a major confrontation with the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. The location of the reported firefight is significant in that it could provide clues about where Kony is currently hiding.  Read More »

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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

Fighting Leads to Largest Displacement of Darfuris in Years

On January 16, the U.N. Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan confirmed the biggest forced displacement in Darfur in recent years.  Read More »

Sudans Report Withdrawal of Armies from Buffer Zone Along Contested Border

For months, the two Sudans have been facing off along their contested border. In September, they agreed to establish a buffer zone, 10 km north and south of the agreed upon center line, to separate their armed forces and reduce tension in the region. In the past week, both the governments of Sudan and South Sudan finally reported that their troops have withdrawn on their respective sides of the center line and will withdraw from the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone, or SDBZ.  Read More »

M23 Rebels Threaten to Pull Out of Congo Talks Even as Negotiations Move Forward

Despite failing to see eye-to-eye on a range of issues up for discussion in the Kampala peace talks, the Congolese government and the M23 rebels moved ahead over the weekend with a review of the March 23, 2009 agreement that is officially at the crux of the movement’s rebellion. The Saturday session, which lasted well into the night, left both sides satisfied, according to Thomas Muiti, North Kivu civil society president.  Read More »