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Horrible Things Happening in Congo… Again

Posted in africa, congo by indiegoddess on November 7, 2008

UN peacekeepers said gunfire erupted on Friday just north of the city of Goma, where rebel forces halted their offensive last week.

Thousands of refugees in the nearby town of Kibati are said to have fled towards Goma when the mortar and small arms fire broke out.

Meanwhile, the UN said it was investigating reports that rebels led by Gen Nkunda had killed civilians in their homes in the eastern town of Kiwanja on Thursday.

At least 12 bodies were found in the town, which was retaken by rebels loyal to him earlier this week.

“They knocked on the doors, when the people opened, they killed them with their guns,” said Simo Bramporiki, whose wife and child were killed during the night.

via BBC NEWS | Africa | Fighting as DR Congo talks start


Congo things

Posted in africa, congo, human rights, political by writerwriting on October 22, 2008

I’m being super lazy. Deal with it.

An effort on US university campuses and others around the world to raise awareness about issues facing DR Congo is in full force this week. One of the activities to show solidarity is a ‘cell-out’ from 12pm – 6pm today, to recognize the use of coltan and the resulting abuse of workers in bad conditions, including children, in the mining of coltan / tantalum. For more info, click on the image.

Join in a WaPo sponsored chat with Congo Week organizer Kambale Musavuli at 12 noon EST today.


Interestingly enough, Kambale Musavuli is a student at an NC university.