In a joint reporting project of Human Rights Watch and the Pulitzer Center, victims of one of Africa's most notorious rebel groups make personal appeals for U.S. leadership.
The overwhelming majority – possibly approaching 80 percent – of the Lord's Resistance Army's total force is made up of abducted minors; the rebels' show a distinct preference for adolescent boys between 12 and 16.
Footage from Mvemba Phezo Dizolele's reporting project, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where air on Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday, October 19. Dancing with the Stars will use the footage to help tell the story of a group of five dancers from the DRC that will be dancing on the show.
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Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno-Ocampo urges American policymakers to take the lead in apprehension efforts, Sudan peace agreement.
Expectant Congolese regard new American legislation as a harbinger of turning tides in a stubborn war.
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?