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In War-Torn Congo, This Doctor Empowers Survivors

Catherine Russell | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Catherine Russell

For almost 20 years, Dr. Mukwege has treated patients who have survived serious injuries from sexual violence perpetrated as a tactic of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

A Former Child Soldier Shares His Story In New Graphic Novel

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.15.2015 | World

Michel Chikwanine was 5 years old when rebel militiamen kidnapped him from a soccer field near his school in the Democratic Republic of Congo. H...

Three Strategies To Tackle Sexual Violence In Congo

Tom O'Bryan | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Tom O'Bryan

Congo has suffered from its singular framing as "the rape capital of the world."The attention devoted to this problem has inadvertently led to the neglect of other challenges in DRC. It has also led to a fundamental misunderstanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to sexual violence.

How SEC Chair Mary Jo White Gave Congolese Warlords Some Unexpected Help

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Warlords in the Democratic Republic of Congo got some help from two conservative judges on Tuesday, when a federal appeals court for th...

European Parliament Makes History on Conflict Minerals

Bandi Mbubi | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Bandi Mbubi

Twenty-four years ago, I managed to flee to the United Kingdom from the Democratic Republic of Congo and was lucky enough to be granted political asylum. My journey was difficult, and made worse by not being able to contact my friends and family back home to know if they were safe.

App Could Help Officials Prosecute Rapists In Developing World

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact

A new app is aiming to crack down on rapists in a country where the crime is far too common. MediCapt will serve as a vital tool in collecting evi...

Can Bosnia's Army Save the World?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Soldiers, officers and police that fought against each other two decades earlier are now working together in UN and NATO operations to keep or deliver peace.

In the DRC, Determined Women Learn New Skills for Respect and Revenue

Claire Armitage | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Claire Armitage

At emerge poverty free, we have seen the effects of this empowerment on the ground in East Africa, where we run a variety of projects to educate and train women, working closely with local partners like the BCHC in eastern DRC.

Controversy Over BBC's 'Rwanda: The Untold Story'

Yaa-Lengi Ngemi | Posted 12.30.2014 | Media
Yaa-Lengi Ngemi

When BBC investigates and reports on an occurrence or a subject, it commands respect and serious consideration. The story is about Rwanda. Specifically what happened or what "really" happened in 1994 in what the world has come to know as the "Rwandan Genocide" of 1994.

American Implicated in Congo Child-smuggling Ring

Erin Siegal McIntyre | Posted 11.22.2014 | World
Erin Siegal McIntyre

Radio Okapi reported this week that Congolese authorities have implicated a U.S. citizen identified as M. Samuel Jessy in an attempt to illegally smuggle seven children across the DRC's southern border into Zambia in an attempt to expedite their delivery to families in the United States.

Going Back to Congo

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

All I could think about was thank god I was not in Congo when this happened for, as amazing as our medical partners are there, there is much still that is needed to bring medicine up to western standards.

DRC: Returning What We've Stolen

World Pulse | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
World Pulse

Q&A with Stany Nzabas Through his work helping women get online and raise their voices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Stany Nzabas hopes to see...

America Has a Rape Problem

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Victoria A. Brownworth

We need much more than dueling hashtags and op-ed columnists debating rape on the Internet. We need a serious deconstruction of real numbers in real time.

Borlaug Institute Program Offers Optimism and Stability in Democratic Republic of Congo

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Sharon Kitchens

The community and the soldiers themselves look at their lives differently -- they are not just soldiers, but farmers.

Why We Go

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

Every woman I have met on each of my trips to Congo -- and most assuredly, everyone we will meet with over the next 10 days -- has been a victim of horrible violence.

Slaves Then, Slaves Now: a Passover Story From Congo

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

We have certified more than a hundred conflict-free smelters, and watched as several of the worst mines in Congo were demilitarized.

Congo's Hero Women: Creating A Different Future

Neema Namadamu | Posted 04.18.2014 | Impact
Neema Namadamu

Our extended family and community would continually challenge her investment in me, my mother brazenly, if not defiantly, went to great lengths to support me and protect my opportunity for a different future to the one they all expected.

'Virunga' Debuts At Tribeca Days After Park Warden Shot

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green

NEW YORK (AP) — Days after the director of Africa's oldest national park was shot by gunmen, a documentary about those who protect Virunga National ...

Christina Wilkie

Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule Struck Down By Appeals Court | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Business groups won a partial victory Monday when a U.S. appeals court struck down part of a regulation designed to discourage the trade...

LOOK: Echoes Of Rwanda In War-Torn Congo

Posted 03.31.2014 | World

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...

Elections for Dummies: Why Do We Let Elections Legitimize Tyrants?

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Rebecca Tinsley

Every year the international community (meaning the developed Western nations, the UN and the European Union) spends millions of dollars bankrolling ballots in profoundly undemocratic places. Why do we bother?

World Bank Hands Africa's Biggest Dam Project Over to the Private Sector

Peter Bosshard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Working with a Chinese company, the Bank now plans to develop the dam as a private investment through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), rather than as a public project. This is bad news for poor people and the environment in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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.

A New Approach to the Global Power Crisis

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Peter Bosshard

Development finance has focused on big power plants that destroy the environment and bypass the rural poor. This week civil society groups are making a push for a new approach to the global energy crisis.

Can Peace Last in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Following a year of fighting and negotiation between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the M23 rebel group, last month the M23 announced it was ending its military campaign in Eastern Congo, without a formal agreement.