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Fredericton man starts hunger strike

A Fredericton man has started a hunger strike in the hopes of raising awareness about human rights issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congolese victims file class action against Canadian mining company

An association representing Congolese citizens filed a class action today in a Montreal court against Canadian company Anvil Mining Limited. It is alleged that the company, by providing logistical assistance, played a role in human rights abuses, including the massacre by the Congolese military of more than 70 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo [...]

War on Women in the Congo

The top UN official for humanitarian affairs is traveling through the war-ravaged eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo today, where nearly 900 people have been killed and unknown numbers of women raped since the beginning of the year.

Fresh fighting in eastern DR Congo

Kgalema Motlanthe, the South African president, on Sunday called for a ceasefire between Congolese government forces and fighters from the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP). On Saturday, the UN said it had evidence that CNDP fighters and pro-government militias have killed civilians in the region. See also: Johann Hari: How we [...]

Blood Cells

Coltan in phones exacerbates crisis in the Congo So what can people do who don’t want to be indirectly fueling a war but aren’t ready to stop using their phones? Carney suggests three things: 1) Call their cell phone manufacturer and ask if their phones contain Congolese coltan. 2) Do what they can to make [...]

“Looters’ War” in the Congo

UN report exposes role of Canadian mining companies The UN has failed the Congo tragically ever since the mineral-rich republic gained independence from Belgium in 1960. The alleged complicity of UN peacekeepers in the overthrow and assassination of elected Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba in 1961 gave way to a disastrous series of wars that continue [...]

How we fuel Africa’s bloodiest war

The deadliest war since Adolf Hitler marched across Europe is starting again – and you are almost certainly carrying a blood-soaked chunk of the slaughter in your pocket. When we glance at the holocaust in Congo, with 5.4 million dead, the clichés of Africa reporting tumble out: this is a “tribal conflict” in “the Heart [...]

Editorial: Paul Martin’s History of Haiti and Future Plans for Africa

When Paul Martin began his speech, two UNB students stood up alongside Martin and unfurled a banner that read “Canada Out of Haiti and Afghanistan”. A few minutes later, another couple of students unfurled another banner that read “Neo-Liberalism=Neo-Colonialism” on the other side of Martin. The two pairs of students with their message stood by [...]

A Glittering Demon: Mining, Poverty and Politics in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In the heart of the war-scarred Ituri region in northeastern Congo, some 200 mud-covered men pan for traces of gold in the muddy brown waters. Working for the Congolese owners of Manyida camp, the miners are following a map of the site made by the Belgians, the country’s former colonial rulers. “It’s very difficult, punishing [...]

Peacekeepers raping children

‘Children as young as six are being sexually abused by peacekeepers and aid workers, says a leading UK charity. “They grabbed me and threw me to the ground and they forced themselves on me… I tried to escape but there were 10 of them and I could do nothing,” she said.’