With Rwanda receiving a seat on the UN Security Council last year as well, I wanted to talk to Rwanda's most famous son, Paul Rusesabagina, about Rwanda's role in supporting the M23 militia.
If we consider what has happened in countries such as Mali and Sudan, and what is now happening in the CAR, it appears that radical political change in the failed or failing states of SSA is the new normal.
If there is to be any hope for the future of the Congo, the world must wake up and listen to these women who have broken through suffocating radio silence to have discovered not only their voices, but the means of transmission.
As 2012 winds down, it is time again to reflect on the year’s human rights developments. How did the world do following an eventful 2011?
There are lots of reasons why China invests in authoritarian regimes. And if any of the world's toughest dictators passes away in 2013, we may be able to see how much China's financial investments pay off in political influence.
Congo is behaving like a child who cannot be comforted. No matter how you hold the baby, the baby cries. No matter how much international help Congo receives, Congo cries for more.
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" I asked. It's a common enough question -- one I answered hundreds of times when I was a kid. It is a question intended to inspire. To ask that question is to invite a child to imagine his or her future possibility, to encourage them to dream big and to go for it.
More than one million people are at risk of militia, rebel and army attacks as fighters begin to position themselves in and around the provincial city of Goma with little or no protection from the government or UN peacekeepers.
I have witnessed so many abuses committed on children by their parents, their family members, their communities, and yet the world remains calm and not reactive.
There's dust everywhere: on the ground, on our clothes, in our eyes and even in our rooms. It is desolate here. It feels like, if not God, then certainly the world has forgotten this place.
Slavery is happening across the globe and it ends up in your home. It could be the jewelry you're wearing, the shrimp you had for dinner, the shoes on your feet, the phone in your pocket, or the Christmas decorations adorning your tree.
As much as I miss my son and am certainly ready for a meal that consists of more than rice and sauce and a day when I am not covered in dust, I feel very sad to have the trip end.
Richard found himself acting as 'bodyguard' for the rebel commander, who called himself the 'Colonel.' After roughly four months spent living with the rebel group, Richard managed to escape.
A mix of factors, ranging from the ethnic to the territorial and political, can be pointed to as the root cause of the Congo War. John Prendergast also points to another: greed abetted by Congo's rich supply of four lucrative metals -- gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum, all used in modern electronics.
In a country where security can change in an instant, acting on lies and failing to act on truth can have very real -- even fatal -- consequences.
Every December, World AIDS Day provides an important moment to pause and reflect on the progress we've made during yet another year fighting the AIDS pandemic.