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Going Back to Congo

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 07.23.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Futility in a Blue Helmet

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Rebecca Tinsley

The UN must support its own soldiers in Central African Republic and the existing force in Darfur when they try to do their job. Otherwise, why do we bother to extend this false hope to civilians facing ethnic cleansing? The answer, of course, is that sending Blue Helmets makes us feel better.

Hundreds Of M23 Rebel Fighters Surrender To Uganda

AP | RODNEY MUHUMUZA | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

KAMPALA, Uganda — KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The top commander of Congo's M23 rebel movement and about 1,700 of his fighters surrendered to Uganda...

Why You Should Join This International Campaign

Donna McKay | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Donna McKay

Over the past two weeks, I had the privilege of spending additional time in New York with Dr. Mukwege, who is not only my personal hero, but also a dear friend, colleague, and partner of Physicians for Human Rights.

Kinshasa: Heart of Faith

Rosa Lia June | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Rosa Lia June

In October, 2008, as part of an internship, I traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An orphan I spoke to said the most important people in his life were those who helped. When I asked him who helped, he said no one.

Only a Government With Democratic Legitimacy Can Bring Peace to Congo

Medard Mulangala Lwakabwanga | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Medard Mulangala Lwakabwanga

Today's political parties will meet this week in Congo's capital Kinshasa to discuss how they can bring unity to a country wracked by instability since its birth.

Around the World in 12 Objects

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 10.21.2013 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

Here is my virtual road map, through objects I have collected from traveling to the ends of the earth and back. What inspires you to travel? What have you collected to save the memories?

Jonathan Hollander's Battery Dance Company 38 Years Later

Jim Luce | Posted 10.18.2013 | Arts
Jim Luce

I've always considered myself fortunate to meet the people who are doing big things--positively impacting lives in meaningful ways. Recently I met a ...

In Eastern Congo, The Little Island That Could

Jacques Sebisaho | Posted 10.16.2013 | Impact
Jacques Sebisaho

If Idjwi was going to get a clinic, the community itself had to build it. At first, many people resisted, insisting that they didn't have the money. But I told them, "You have sticks, you have mud, you have labor, and you have each other." And so it started.

Congo Is Where My Heart Stays

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

These trips fly by for me. It seems like I just get acclimated to the schedule, to the food (or lack thereof), to not sleeping (somehow I never sleep in Congo), to 18 hour days, and suddenly it's time to go home. And as I seem to always say, at the end of every trip, I feel sad to leave.

Not in Kansas Anymore

Diane Kabat | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Diane Kabat

We leave Congo late afternoon today, and I truly will miss Amani and the Congolese people. Not only are they physically attractive with expressive, rounded dark eyes and beautifully shaped lips, but they are equally beautiful inside, full of kindness, sensitivity, and incredible passion about life.