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Data gathering, research, facts articles about the Congo.

“Refugee Voices,” New Social Media and Politics of Representation: Young Congolese in the Diaspora and Beyond

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In a contribution to a special issue on ‘refugee voice’ of Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, IMI Research Officer Marie Godin andGiorgia Doná argue that new social media enable refugees and members of diaspora communities to actively manage the creation, production and dissemination of their own voices. By using these tools of Continue reading “Refugee Voices,” New Social Media and Politics of Representation: Young Congolese in the Diaspora and Beyond

Isaac Bacirongo speaks about his memoire, Still a Pygmy


Isaac helped establish the first Indigenous rights organisation in D.R. Congo in the mid-1990s.  He was imprisoned because of his activism by the rebel regime that occupied the area from 1998 to 2003, but managed to escape and flee to Nairobi with his wife and 10 children, later registering as a refugee with UNHCR and being resettled in Australia.  A key reason I became interested in this project was the lack of good first-person narratives by Congolese about the Congo Wars.

 
Still a Pygmy brings to life the political and social themes of contemporary Central Africa, and makes them accessible for undergraduates.  It is available in paperback and as an ebook through Amazon and other bookshops.

(Finch Publishing, 2015: http://finch.com.au/books/still-a-pygmy). 

Le viol comme instrument de torture en RDC: la violence sexuelle au delà de la zone de conflit

Nouveaux rapport accablant de Freedom From Torture:

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… Les soldats se relayaient pour la tenir ou pour la violer. Lorsqu’elle essayait de résister, ils la frappaient et ils la prenaient avec encore plus de force … Pour lui ouvrir les jambes, ils ont essayé de les attacher avec tout ce qu’ils avaient sous la Continue reading Le viol comme instrument de torture en RDC: la violence sexuelle au delà de la zone de conflit

BULL MARKET IN BODY PARTS

By Frank Whalen
There is a sordid industry that few people know about where wealthy corporations, some even located in the United States, exploit grieving poor people who have just lost loved ones in order to get their hands on their dead relatives. Welcome to the international trade in human tissue and its “body wranglers.”

Unlike the business of selling human organs, the human tissue industry, valued at over $1B, is only barely regulated. In the United States,  the FDA is tasked with overseeing the safe import of healthy human tissue into the U.S. for surgeries ranging from knees, bladders, breasts, skin and eyes. But regulators only require a registration and a future inspection for approval. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, “of the 340 foreign tissue establishments registered with the FDA, only about 7% have an inspection record in the FDA Continue reading BULL MARKET IN BODY PARTS

Congo: UN report 27 June 2012

Addendum to the interim report of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (S/2012/348) concerning violations of the arms embargo and sanctions regime by the
Government of Rwanda

View full report online by clicking here

Or Download the PDF UN report 27 June 2012

LE DÉFI SÉCURITAIRE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE DÉMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO


– Superficie: 2 344 858 km2
– Fuseaux horaires: 2 (le seul pays d’Afrique a avoir plus d’un fuseau horaire)
– Voisins: 9 (le seul pays d’Afrique à avoir autant de voisins)
Continue reading LE DÉFI SÉCURITAIRE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE DÉMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO

DRC: Transport

“Without the railroad, the Congo is not worth a penny!” Sans le Chemin de Fer, Le Congo ne vaut qu’un centime” Henry Morton Stanley!

There is not a barely a month that passes within a year, during which we get reports of Air planes crashing, Boats sinking, Trains derailing, or Trucks flipping…. A country the size of the United States west of the Missississsipi River, DR Congo, the second largest country in Africa, has gone backward In time. Continue reading DRC: Transport