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End Violence in the Congo: Call for a US Special Envoy

The Democratic Republic of Congo continues to be embroiled in the deadliest conflict since World War II, violence that has been notoriously brutal on the nation’s women.

Elections in the Congo are approaching this November, and the world cannot afford to turn away at this critical opportunity to reset the nation’s history and advance the road to peace.

A coalition of US-based Congo advocacy groups have launched a campaign to appoint a special envoy to the Great Lakes Region, and have identified this as the single most powerful US action to end violence in the Congo.

You can sign the petition at Change.org to support a special envoy and to send the message to President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton that the Congo should be a top foreign policy priority.

Visit petition sponsors to learn more about the situtation in the Congo and how a special envoy can help: Africa Faith & Justice Network, A Thousand Sisters, Enough! Project, Falling Whistles, Free the Slaves, Friends of the Congo, Jewish World Watch, STAND

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kind3500's picture

I highly recommend reading

I highly recommend reading The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver as it connects to violence in Congo. It is a must read for lovers of postcolonial literature and it was very eye-opening and included captivating tales.

Kindersley

Maintenant que la justice de la CPI tranche des procès sur les crimes très graves, nous estimons que cette institution internationale devrait revoir sa politique d'agir pour qu'elle intervienne au moment même ou les crimes sont en train d'être commises sur les innocents. Cette perte des vies humaines des civiles ; notamment les femmes et les enfants, les violences, les pillages des ressources, sont victimes, nous recommandons que cela s'arrête sans délaie.
Les auteurs doivent être contrecarrés, et qu’ils présentent autrement leurs revendications. Une équipe constituée de 80% des femmes devra être désignée par le conseil de sécurités pour analysée en profondeur et dégagée les différentes causes causales des conflits et des problèmes qui sévissent en RDC. Faire des propositions des pistes des solutions. Contacter et discuter les propositions des solutions avec les différentes parties dans le conflit en RDC.
La cours de l’Union Afrique doit aussi agir en collaborant avec la CPI. Le Congo est au cœur de l’Afrique, quand il est affecté c’est le cœur de l’Afrique qui est touché et quand le cœur est touché c’est le corps qui en subisse les coups.
La société civile et surtout les femmes doivent se mobiliser pour un travail de qualité de recherche de la paix en RDC. Le salut de la RDC est dans les mains du peuple congolais. Il doit être animé d’un patriotisme extrême pour la défense et la protection des de la nation congolaise.

Africans have spent so much time asking for foreign intervention into its problems.If we trace correctly the problems of Congo has had alot of complexities.Its a country cursed by its natural own resources.Most times foreign countries in acting as partners have instead plundered the land.
Good governance,rule of law and respect of human rights should be policies imbedded in every country`s constitutions.How come other countries in Europe have been able to handle their resources to foster development.Yet Congo is always on the news for one horrific crime or another.
America does not need to tell the men of Congo to stop using the Congolese women as weapons for war.Their own daughters as sex slaves.We need to sit up as Africans and love our land,protect our resources.
The blame game would never take us anywhere,accountability and transparency should be a watch word for the Kabila regime. Transforming waring economies into peaceable economies entails a lot of participatory action.Deprivation should be excluded and youth empowerment is very essential,because they are the group prone to committing violence ,being used by rebels.

les femmes du monde entier ne doivent pas se taire en rapport en ce qui se passe en RDC, hausser vos voix plus haut et plus fort. A cause de la guerre aujourd'hui 68% d'enfants ne sont pas scolarises. Quel avenir pour le Congo? Le nombre des femmes veuves augmente.

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