Raise the consciousness of the world community on the challenge of the Congo and support Congolese institutions in bringing about a peaceful and lasting change.
Many people are unaware about what the United Nations identified as ‘the deadliest conflict since World War II.’ More than 6 million people have died from war related causes in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Congo is one of the most mineral rich countries on our planet. Minerals such as coltan and gold are necessary to the functioning of our computers, phones, games, cars and more. A web of local and foreign actors are vying to control land for mining and to exercise political power by systematically attacking communities.
“The situation in the Congo is not just a Congolese issue, it’s not just an African issue, but it’s a global issue, it’s a worldwide issue. Congo is a part of the second-largest rainforest in the world. It’s vital to the fight against climate change. If you’re concerned about climate change, you should be concerned about Congo. Half of those that have died as a result of the conflict are children under the age of five. So, if you are a child advocate, if you are concerned about children, you ought to be concerned about what is happening in the Congo. If you are concerned about women, if you have a mother, a sister, you ought to be concerned about what’s happening in the Congo. If you drive an automobile, or fly in airplanes, or own a cell phone, as a human being, at the very least, you ought to be concerned, you ought to say something, you ought to want to find out why this is happening, you ought to be moved to want to bring an end to it.”
- Maurice Carney, Executive Director of Friends of the Congo
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