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Enough 101: The Lord’s Resistance Army in the Congo

As part of the series Enough 101, this post is intended to provide a contextual background for understanding the complex issues that the Enough Project works on. We're publishing it today to coincide with the release of “Kony Hunter with Christopher Meloni,” a new video co-produced by the comedy team at Funny or Die and the Enough Project, to provide background on the LRA’s deadly operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Read More »

#KonyMeloni: New Video by Funny or Die and the Enough Project

The kings of comedy are at it again, but this time they are using humor to shine a light on human rights atrocities in central Africa. Comedy video website Funny or Die partnered with the Enough Project to co-produce a three-minute video starring Christopher Meloni, who co-starred on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and recently joined the HBO series True Blood.

Watch “Kony Hunter with Christopher Meloni.”  Read More »

Dedicated Student Activists Descend on D.C. for Weekend Dedicated to Congo

Since late 2010, the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative, or CFCI, has been the leading component of the conflict-free movement—a growing constituency of consumers who demand that their electronics products contain conflict-free minerals from eastern Congo as a way of ensuring sustainable peace in the region. Last weekend, 45 student leaders in this movement, converged upon Washington, D.C., for a two-day conference to discuss the role of student activism in enacting change in Congo.  Read More »

U.N. Report Documents Election Violence in Congo: Next Steps?

Last November’s controversial Congolese presidential and legislative elections continue to make headlines, further diminishing a sense of legitimacy or credibility in the Congolese electoral process. Last week, the U.N. released a report documenting acts of serious human rights violations committed during the elections—including killings, disappearances and arbitrary detentions—by members of the Congolese defense and security forces in the nation’s capital, Kinshasa.  Read More »

Munitions Found at Site of Recent Clashes Link South Sudan’s White Army to External Support

A new Small Arms Survey report released last week cites evidence of external support of the White Army. After conducting research in Akobo, Likuongole, and the area surrounding Pibor town, Small Arms Survey found evidence of linking the White Army to weapons and ammunition identical to those used by both the SPLA and prominent rebel groups in South Sudan.  Read More »

Maryland Conflict Minerals Legislation Passes House and Senate Unanimously

Maryland’s legislation addressing the use of conflict minerals from eastern Congo in electronics products breezed through an important hurdle over the weekend, passing the House of Delegates unanimously on Saturday. The State Senate passed a similar bill by a vote of 46-0 two weeks earlier, leaving only a largely procedural reconciliation process between the House and Senate bills before a final version is sent to Governor Martin O’Malley’s desk.  Read More »

New Senate Bill Demands Humanitarian Access to South Kordofan and Blue Nile

Following last Wednesday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing at which George Clooney and John Prendergast testified about their recent trip to the Nuba Mountains, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a resolution calling on the Sudanese government and the SPLM-North to cease hostilities and find a political solution to the conflict ongoing since June 2011.  Read More »

Why Clooney Makes a Difference: Five Questions for Bishop Andudu

George Clooney and Bishop Andudu - Enough - Robert Padavick

The Rt. Rev. Andudu Adam Elnail, a Nuban community leader who goes by Bishop Andudu, serves as the Anglican Bishop of Kadugli, the capital of the conflict-torn region of South Kordofan, Sudan. He recently responded to questions on Clooney's capacity to focus the attention of worldwide media and senior policymakers in Washington, D.C., on the plight of the Nuba people of South Kordofan and Blue Nile who face a campaign of indiscriminate bombardment and starvation by the Sudanese government.  Read More »

Lynn Nottage: "Why did I go to Africa to collect their stories? Because I had to"

Lynn Nottage, an American playwright who is most well-known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined, shares why she felt compelled to bring the untold stories of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the stage.  Read More »

Graphic Novel Depicts Impact of LRA Violence in Congo

Army of God - by David Axe and Tim Hamilton

Freelance journalist David Axe and artist Tim Hamilton have teamed up to create a non-fiction graphic novel that highlights the impact of the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the countries where the group currently operates. Their collaboration, “Army of God,” specifically depicts the crisis which the LRA has brought upon civilians living in remote areas of the northeastern provinces by highlighting the stories of individuals who have witnessed LRA violence.  Read More »

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