DR Congo Women Need Voice in Talks

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is ‘the 'capital of rape',’ says Bineta Diop, the founder of Femmes Africa Solidarité. In the country’'s ongoing crisis all sides have used sexual violence as a weapon, making it crucially important that women participate in peace talks currently taking place in Kampala, Diop says.

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  Bring Women into DRC Peace Talks - Diop

    allAfrica.com, 16 December 2012

    It's a country the size of all of western Europe, with enormous mineral riches that enable the artifacts of modern life, from mobile phones and tablets to circuit boards and solar ... read more »

Displaced families in Mugunga camp near Goma contend with rocky volcanic soil and lack of food, water, medicines - and shelter from the rainy season, which has begun.

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  Peace Talks Between Govt and Rebels Extended

    The New Times, 18 December 2012

    Talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government and the M23 rebels aimed at ending fighting in the eastern part of the vast central African country have been ... read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  Goma Conflict Placed on Hold (analysis)

    African Arguments, 17 December 2012

    The day Goma fell to the M23 I was on my way there, having planned to take a boat to Eastern Congo's largest city on November 20th from Bukavu. Eventually I had to travel to ... read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  East Remains 'Tense and Fragile' After Fighting

    UN News Service, 17 December 2012

    The situation on the ground in the Kivus - two provinces in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which have experienced violent clashes and civilian displacement ... read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  Displaced People in North Kivu Are Facing Renewed Turmoil (press release)

    Medecins Sans Frontieres, 17 December 2012

    More than 100,000 people are living in extremely poor conditions in the area around Goma. Since mid-November, clashes between the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) armed ... read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  UNHCR Still Concerned About Security Situation in Camps Near Goma (press release)

    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 18 December 2012

    The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said the security situation at the Mugunga III camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo continues ... read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  It Is Time for Civilians to Come First

    Concern USA, 30 November 2012

    Almost two weeks have passed since I returned from Masisi in the North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). There I witnessed civilian suffering on a ... read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  A Field Diary From Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

    Concern USA, 4 December 2012

    Information in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is often like a game of telephone. It's hard, if not impossible, to pinpoint where a rumor begins, let alone how much it ... read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  UN Relief Agencies Working 'Around the Clock' to Assist Displaced in DR Congo

    UN News Service, 27 November 2012

    Humanitarian agencies and their partners are working "around the clock" to provide basic services such as water, food and shelter to more than 140,000 people displaced by the ... read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  Carson Calls for End to Violence in Eastern Congo

    United States Department of State, 12 December 2012

    African leaders and the international community must step up efforts to end the carnage in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says Johnnie Carson, ... read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  Carson On Crisis in Eastern DRC (document)

    United States Department of State, 11 December 2012

    Testimony by Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and ... read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  16 Days of Activism - a Multiple Rape Victim Faces Uncertain Future (press release)

    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 7 December 2012

    Amid all the statistics of massive population displacement in eastern Congo, the suffering of individuals - especially women like multiple rape victim Mathilde - tends to get ... read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  Surge in Sexual Violence in North Kivu

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 6 December 2012

    Sexual violence is on the rise as armed groups continue to move across the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) North Kivu Province, officials say. read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  Sexual Violence More than Weapon of War in DR Congo (press release)

    Sonke Gender Justice Network, 4 December 2012

    A new study by Promundo and the Sonke Gender Justice Network conducted in Goma, eastern DRC finds that more than a third of men surveyed have carried out some form of sexual ... read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  Fight for Justice Goes On Despite M23 (analysis)

    Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, 3 December 2012

    I was in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo last week when the M23 militia entered Goma. Since then, there have been reports of women and children being abducted by the ... read more »

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