Eastern Congo

Child Soldiers: The Urgency of Reintegration

This is the third in a blog series about issues currently perpetuating the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including the conflict minerals trade, sexual violence, and child soldier recruitment. Although many Congolese are facing incredibly difficult situations, there are local civil society groups taking action and creating avenues for sustainable peace. In this blog series, I will discuss each issue and give examples of organizations making positive changes.  Read More »

TEDx: Capturing the Conflict Mineral Trade in DRC with Marcus Bleasdale

Enough Project Senior Fellow Marcus Bleasdale is a documentary photographer who uses his work to influence policy makers around the world. This TEDx talk was given by him on the topic of the price of modern technology and capturing the conflict mineral trade in Democratic Republic of Congo.

The price of modern technology: capturing conflict mineral trade in Democratic Republic of Congo - Marcus Bleasdale, Enough Project Senior Fellow

Marcus Bleasdale is a documentary photographer who uses his work to influence policy makers around the world. His work appears in National Geographic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME and his work on human rights and conflict has been shown at the US Senate, The US House of Representatives, The United Nations and the Houses of Parliament in the UK. In this eye-opening talk, Marcus' photographs bear witness to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo that is fueled by conflict minerals to be used in everyday electronic devices.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

Sexual Violence: Survivors Reclaiming Communities

This is the second in a blog series about issues currently perpetuating the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including the conflict minerals trade, sexual violence, and child soldier recruitment. Although many Congolese are facing incredibly difficult situations, there are local civil society groups taking action and creating avenues for sustainable peace. In this blog series, I will discuss each issue and give examples of organizations making positive changes.  Read More »

Congo’s Minerals: From Conflict to Community Benefit

This is the first in a blog series about issues currently perpetuating the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including the conflict minerals trade, sexual violence, and child soldier recruitment. Although many Congolese are facing incredibly difficult situations, there are local civil society groups taking action and creating avenues for sustainable peace. In this blog series, I will discuss each issue and give examples of organizations making positive changes.  Read More »

MSNBC Op-Ed: How John Kerry could help bring peace to Congo

The last time two Americans of this prominence traveled to Congo (then Zaire), it was for the boxing match of the century: the Rumble in the Jungle between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali.   Read More »

Minnesota Lawyers Support Conflict-Free Initiative

On April 25, 2014, the Minnesota State Bar Association (“MSBA”) became the first Bar Association in the nation to adopt a conflict-free policy.  Read More »

Discuss, Engage, Act: Massachusetts Activists Engage on Three Key Initiatives for Peace in the Congo

Nonprofit groups and campus organizations throughout Massachusetts recently united at Boston University for a conference with three key goals: Elevate the conversation on the Congo within our communities; Reinvigorate our civic engagement on policies that can help bring an end to the conflict in Congo; and Commit our campuses to the conflict-free movement.   Read More »

Questions Remain in The Death of Rebel Leader Morgan

Paul Sadala, aka. Morgan, leader of the Congolese militia Mai Mai Morgan

Paul Sadala, aka. Morgan, leader of the Congolese militia Mai Mai Morgan, was killed last week on April 14, two days after he surrendered with 42 members of his militia. It is still unclear why Morgan, who was alleged to engage in sexual violence, gold pillaging, and ivory poaching, surrendered in the first place. Here we provide an in depth look into his death.  Read More »

Congo: Sen. Durbin, 11 Members of Congress Urge SEC to Uphold Conflict Minerals Requirements

On April 14, the US District Court of Appeals issued its decision on a case challenging the validity of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) conflict minerals rule that originated from Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform Act. 12 members of Congress led by Senator Durbin issued a letter to the SEC, strongly encouraging it to proceed with the implementation of the rule.  Read More »

Enough and Human Rights Watch call for accountability For Congo Park Warden shooting

Director of Virunga National Park, Mr. Emmanuel De Merode

On Tuesday, April 15, the director of Virunga National Park, Africa's oldest national park, was shot by unknown gunmen in North Kivu. Both the Human Rights Watch and Enough Project have made statements condemning the attack and calling for justice.  Read More »

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