Raise Hope for Congo

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 »

New Evidence of Links from Rwanda and Uganda to Congo Rebels: What’s the Impact?

A recent confidential from the U.N. Group of Experts on Congo was leaked to Reuters yesterday that shows further evidence of Rwandan support to the M23 rebellion in eastern Congo. The report builds on earlier indictments of Rwanda's involvement in the ongoing rebellion and implicates the Ugandan government as well. What impact could this new evidence have on regional and international handling of the crisis?  Read More »

Conflict-free Portland Makes Inroads with Intel

Activists in Portland, Oregon, are gaining traction with several initiatives focused on making the city investments free from conflict minerals from Congo. In this guest post by Alysha Atma, Amanda Ulrich, and Robert Hadley, the Oregon Coalition for Humanity members describe their recent successes.  Read More »

Take Action: Ask the Debate Moderators to Ask about Sudan

The Enough Project and our partner organizations want to hear more about President Obama and former Governor Romney's views on Africa’s major conflicts. Here are a few ways to push them to address these issues in the debates.  Read More »

Uniting Around Congo, Inspired by Dom

Last week, we were lucky enough to spend four days with Dominique Bikaba, one of the activists from our “I Am Congo” video series. These visits with activist partners from the field are special opportunities for us at the Enough Project to witness how truly exceptional the activists we work with are, especially since not all of us have had the chance to visit Congo ourselves.  Read More »

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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

Congo’s M23 Rebels Shatter Truce

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who serves as chairman of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, might have prided himself on brokering a truce between heads of state in Africa’s Great Lakes region. But it seems the move may have in fact helped the rebels gather steam since mid-August.  Read More »

Making Activism Local

As the Raise Hope for Congo campaign manager, I have traveled from Los Angeles, to Athens, OH, to New York City, and to Durham, NC to engage with students as they fight for human rights on their campuses. Last month I returned to my hometown and to my alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Read More »

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