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‘We Have Known Men’: Former Girl Soldiers Suffer Stigma Back Home

Women & Girls Hub | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.03.2017 | Home

An estimated 40 percent of child soldiers around the world are girls, many of whom face discrimination and struggle to reintegrate into their communit...

More Than Half Of All Primates Are Nearing Extinction, New Study Says

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 01.18.2017 | Green

The future looks extremely ominous for gorillas, monkeys and other primates, unless humans make huge shifts in their current behavior, a new study war...

Girls In The DRC Are Choosing To Be Child Soldiers To Escape Poverty

Women & Girls Hub | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.09.2017 | Home

Many of the children fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s militia groups were abducted and forced to enlist. But researchers have found th...

The News That Wasn't: What You Missed in 2016

Izumi Nakamitsu | Posted 12.27.2016 | Home
Izumi Nakamitsu

As we inch towards the end of 2016, we'll see the usual lists of news highlights from the year, including the crises that captured our attention. Here...

Some Giraffes May Be Closer To Extinction Than You Realize

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.21.2016 | Green

The three giraffes laid lifeless on the ground, their long necks twisted at unnatural angles. Their bellies had been eaten clean by vultures; their ri...

Congo's President's Onslaught on Congolese Youth as they Rise for Change

Kambale Musavuli | Posted 01.25.2017 | Home
Kambale Musavuli

Police stand guard following demonstrations in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Jan. 12, 2015. AFP. On January 19, 2015, Congolese youth des...

When Women's Rights Are Not Enough

Jennifer L. Windsor | Posted 10.20.2016 | Impact
Jennifer L. Windsor

Around the world, women in 155 countries face legal restrictions on the economic opportunities available to them, according to the recent World Bank Group's report Women, Business and the Law 2016, which highlights the challenges women face in the global economy and underscores the need for legal reform.

How an Expedition Team Chooses YOU

Toby Storie-Pugh | Posted 06.02.2016 | Travel
Toby Storie-Pugh

In my last article I described how I chose the two team members who would be accompanying me on my upcoming expedition to walk the length of the Congo...

Psychopathic Politics in Congo

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 03.30.2015 | Home
Georgianne Nienaber

Has President Joseph Kabila finally revealed his true colors to the world? At least 36 people, including a police officer, were killed in demonstrations against proposed changes to the constitution. The changes would require a national census before the 2016 presidential elections.

Leaving Congo One Day

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

Diana Buckhantz, JWW Board Member, is traveling with four other JWW delegates in Congo’s eastern provinces. They will work with survivors of the cou...

What Is the Main Cause of the Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Quora | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by John Prendergast, Activist. Author. Enough Project & Satellite Sentinel Project Co-Founder. Sp...

LOOK: Echoes Of Rwanda In War-Torn Congo

Posted 03.31.2014 | Home

At a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo last October, a women sunk to her knees in front of the visiting U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. "Ev...

Dominique Mosbergen

Huge Community Of Chimps Discovered In Remote Congo Forest | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.12.2014 | Green

Across Africa, chimpanzee numbers have been plunging over the last few decades, as habitat loss, the bushmeat trade and diseases such as the Ebola vir...

Fragile Progress in the Congo

Rep. Adam Smith | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Rep. Adam Smith

With the U.S. private sector leading the way, USAID should do its part to support and encourage sustainable economic investment, particularly in the eastern Congo, where small investments create big opportunities for communities to disrupt the familiar cycle of poverty, instability and violence.

Syria, the DRC and the 'Responsibility to Protect': the US Double Standard

Kambale Musavuli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Kambale Musavuli

The U.N.) says the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the world's deadliest since World War II. The Congo catastrophe, however, has gone largely unnoticed by the world's media, and global leaders have placed the crisis on the back burner.

Congo: A Young Man's Courage When Peers in Peace Turn to M23

Search for Common Ground | Posted 12.22.2013 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgI was born 27 years ago in Goma, a town notorious for violent outbreaks. Instability exposed the darkest side of my beautiful Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bewitched Children? A Problem Churches Should Tackle

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.15.2013 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

It seems ironic that witchcraft is a part of Christian communities. Such abuse of children is one of the most horrific violation of human rights. Human rights are not contrary to the principles of scripture. They are its essence.

MAP: Number Of Internally Displaced Spiked In 2012

The Huffington Post | Carlo Davis | Posted 04.29.2013 | Home

A record number of people were internally displaced by war, violence, and political oppression in 2012, according to a new report by the Internal Disp...

Congo Brigade Could Be 21st Century Game-Changer

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 06.01.2013 | Home
Jeffrey Laurenti

Last week, with scarcely a ripple in the public consciousness, a new initiative was quietly launched that could profoundly alter the world's international security landscape for decades ahead.

Hotel Rwanda Hero Still Fighting for Justice and the Truth

Dan Kovalik | Posted 03.13.2013 | Home
Dan Kovalik

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.

The Day Women of the Congo Seized Control of the Internet

Jensine Larsen | Posted 03.05.2013 | Impact
Jensine Larsen

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.

Nations Compete for UN Security Council Seats; Rwanda Provides Drama

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.19.2012 | Home
Evelyn Leopold

Australia, Argentina, Luxembourg, South Korea... and Rwanda won seats on the UN Security Council for a two-year term. Rwanda provided the drama because its election came after charges it was stoking a rebellion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Malala, Lubanga, and the Universal Right to Childhood

The Morningside Post | Posted 12.17.2012 | Home
The Morningside Post

The Security Council and the International Criminal Court have both shown a lack of determination to treat crimes against children with the gravity that their mandates demand.

Congolese Women Stitching a Community Back Together

Robin_Wright | Posted 11.05.2012 | Home

As documented in a new report from the Enough Project, which ranks electronics firms on their progress in cleaning up their supply chains of conflict minerals, there are glimmers of hope for eastern Congo despite ongoing violence there, which is driven partly by conflict minerals.

Companies Can't Hide Their Blood Diamonds Anymore

Reuters | Posted 10.22.2012 | Business

* SEC votes 2-1 for disclosure of overseas resource payments * Industry says rule will empower some foreign rivals * SEC...