Trapped between two streams and surrounded by the LRA, routine tasks such as seeking food have become increasingly dangerous for villagers of Ngilima.
Throughout Bas Uele, we were greeted by mile after mile of previously occupied farmland and villages. They lie abandoned, the forest slowly reclaiming the land as its own. We could easily estimate the dates of the attacks by the LRA by the amount of land that had been reclaimed. These eery and empty places pay testimony to the devastation these attacks have had on the Congolese community.
The voices in the darkened homes tell us when they were taken, they explain to us what they were forced to do and how that made them feel. There is no response to the horror of their words. The is no hope to understand what these children have been through and what goes through their minds at night when they lie alone in theirs rooms. The only response we have is to make it stop.
Decades of willful neglect have left northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo isolated, impoverished, and underdeveloped. But what was once simply the source of surmountable hardship is now transforming the districts of Haut and Bas-Uele into the ideal kill zone for one of the world's most notoriously brutal rebel groups.
More than a billion people across 60 nations are living in fragile or failing states, like Haiti, Bosnia, the DRC and East Timor. What is needed to stabilize these particular countries?
Are GMOs the solution to hunger and malnutrition in Africa? The verdict on Biotechnology as the panacea to this critical challenge are mixed.
Contributor Michael J. Kavanagh reported for Worldfocus last year on the crisis in eastern Congo. He's currently based in the DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa.
He discusses the controversy surrounding the United Nations' peacekeeping mission, the problems with integration of rebels into Congolese Army ranks and the economic future of this resource-rich, war-torn country.
Q: Why has the UN's peacekeeping mission come under such intense criticism in eastern Congo?
Journalist Michael J. Kavanagh reported on the Crisis in Congo for Worldfocus last year. He's currently based in the DR Congo's capital Kinshasa and gives Daljit Dhaliwal an update on the civil war that continues to cripple the country. He says the security situation is the worst he has seen in the last decade.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls the sexual violence in eastern Congo "one of mankind's greatest atrocities." An update on the security crisis and what the U.S. and other nations can do to help stabilize the Democratic Republic of Congo.
John Prendergast, co-chair of the ENOUGH Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity
Mvemba Dizolele, former Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee and national fellow, Hoover Institution
"Troubles in Congo" aired on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on Tuesday, August 11 as Hillary Clinton visited a war-ravaged Congo, bringing the country's troubles into focus. In this video, Jason Maloney offers a special report on peacekeeping efforts in the country.
This video is part of a series from the Pulitzer Center on Fragile States, a collaboration with the Bureau for International Reporting.
ENOUGHproject is sponsoring a video contest on YouTube to help raise awareness on the connection between the ongoing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the world's demand for electronic products - especially cell phones. Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling, actress Sonya Walger from "Lost," and Oscar-nominated director Wim Wenders will judge the contest. Learn more about the contest here.
Kira Kay and Jason Maloney, special to the Pulitzer Center
The Bureau for International Reporting (BIR) is happy to announce the premiere of its latest round of reporting, to air this week on the PBS weekly news magazine, "NOW on PBS".