UN approves DR Congo ‘intervention brigade’

  Security Council unanimously approves first-ever “offensive” brigade to battle rebel groups in DR Congo.         Brigade has been established to serve for one year “on an exceptional basis and without creating a precedent” [EPA] The UN Security Council has unanimously approved the first-ever “offensive” UN peacekeeping brigade to battle rebels groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   The force of more than 2,500 troops will operate under orders to “neutralise” and “disarm” armed groups in the resource-rich east of the huge country, according to the…

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Horrific Ambush on DR Congo Doctor: Dr. Denis Mukwege

 Denis Mukwege Mukengere is the founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was attacked in his home tonight at gunpoint. Exactly one month ago he was addressing the United Nations about the crisis that he faces every day in the Congo with the women who are victims of sexual violence. He said in part: “Alas! Women victims of Sexual Violence in Eastern DR Congo are in disgrace. I constantly before my eyes the eyes of the old women, daughters, mothers and babies even…

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The South African movement of yesterday is the Congo Movement of today

By Jennifer Fierberg with Kambale Musavuli The war in the D.R. Congo is not improving and is actually getting worse by the day. The M23 rebel group backed by the Rwandan Military has been terrorizing the Eastern Region of the Congo for many months. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, raped or killed. The International Community has begun to sanction the Government of Rwanda in the form of withdrawing or freezing foreign aid payments due to the UN Group of Experts Report which provides substantial and credible evidence…

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Rwanda: Making money while breaking the backs of the deprived

By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW On August 3, 2012 the US government sent a strongly worded message to the Government of Rwanda regarding their continued support of the M23 rebel group in the eastern part of the DR Congo. The letter specifically states in part that: “We are writing as a bipartisan group of legislators to express our deep concern about the recent and growing conflict in eastern Congo. The violence in eastern Congo has severe consequences on the local populations, puts the gains Rwanda has made in stability and living…

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Bring President Kagame to the International Criminal Court!

By Jennifer Fierberg, MSW Over the last two months the Government of Rwanda has faced some of the hardest financial and public relation challenges since the 1994 Genocide. The UN Group of Experts has found unequivocal evidence that Paul Kagame is providing weapons, soldiers; communication equipment and ammunition to a rebel group in the DR Congo called the M23. This group has directly caused increased instability in Eastern DRC which is in direct violation of the Obama Law 109-456 which authorized the U.S. Secretary of State to halt aid to…

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The Untold Stories: Does Foreign Aid to Rwanda, Fuel Congo Violence?

By: Jacquline Umurungi, Brussels        Conflict and humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo have taken the lives of 5.4 million people since 1998 and continue to leave as many as 45,000 dead every month, according to a major International Rescue Committee study. The liberal democrat MP in UK representing Portsmouth South with his colleagues has argued that the UK taxpayer’s money should not be used by the Rwandan government to fuel the conflict in Congo. The UK is Rwanda’s biggest direct aid donor, giving £83m a…

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STOP THAT SILENT GENOCIDE IN Kivu (eastern DRC)

The recent presidential and legislative elections in DR Congo have been opportunities for internal and external enemies of our country, to mercilessly pursue the poor indigenous population in eastern Congo. In its determination to invade and annex the east of DR Congo, Rwanda has tried unsuccessfully to conquer by pitched battles, now opted for a more subtle and certainly more profitable for the systematic elimination and irreversible of Aboriginal by way of silent genocide. Mass killings of people, annihilation of entire villages, and other weapons of war that are the…

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Uganda to open third refugee camp for fleeing Congolese

Uganda is to set up a new camp to cope with a influx of refugees from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the government has said. At least 100 people a day are now crossing the border to escape an upsurge in violence, Uganda’s refugee minister told the BBC. Women said they had been raped by armed militias, who broke into their homes at night and stole food and property. Up to 3,000 people have fled since DR Congo’s chaotic elections in November. Several rebel groups still operate in eastern DR Congo,…

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Just How Important is the Rule of Law in DRC Elections?

In Roughly 60 Days one of the most crucial elections in Africa will take place in Central Africa. These Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo can be seen as leading into a point of Transition that has implications both within the Country and the Region as well. The Main Implication within the large country is not only how the Rule of Law will be followed but also how will it be both protected and enforced. In layman’s terms Rule of Law means that the Government will be set up with…

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A Chilling Report to Congress

Thirteen months ago we noticed as both the Senate and the House of Representatives in the United States undertook the large task of Financial Reform. The goal was to prevent the meltdown that occurred back in 2008. Recently one part of that endeavor was accomplished to little or no fanfare but it is very critical to US Policy. One of the main concerns was the incorporation of the Congo Conflict Minerals Act into what became known as the Dodd-Frank Act. It has been determined that the trade in “Conflict Minerals”…

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