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.
- Half of those who have lost their lives in this protracted war are under 5 years of age.
- Hundreds of thousands of women and children have been sexually violated as a tactic to destroy communities and control resources.
- Few perpetrators have been held responsible and greater international pressure is needed. Encourage full implementation of US Public Law 109-456. Go to http://congojustice.org/postcard/ to send a postcard to US Secretary of State.
- Congolese groups request your support for their work to end violence and manifest a future where they are actually the beneficiaries of their own resource rich country.
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