On May 5th, 22 Members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to quickly appoint a new high-level U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of Congo to replace Russ Feingold, who stepped down from the position earlier this year.
A trade in illegally mined and smuggled “conflict gold” is fueling both high-level military corruption and violent rebel groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a new report by the Enough Project.
Samantha Power, the United States Ambassador to the UN, in conversation with actor and Enough Project upstander Robin Wright, on endemic violence and corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where rape as a weapon of war is commonplace, and where the land's abundant minerals perpetuate instability and conflict.
Robin Wright, Award-Winning Actress, Director, Philanthropist, Co-Founder Pour Les Femmes Sleepwear
For a second time, The Enough Project has ranked the largest electronics companies on their efforts toward using and investing in conflict-free minerals in their products. Our consumer action guide will help you understand what actions companies are (or are not) taking to contribute to the creation of a clean minerals trade in Congo, and ultimately, the reduction of conflict there.
Editor's Note: The Enough Project is deeply concerned about the violence occurring in Kinshasa, Goma, and other cities in Congo. Today, the Team of International Envoys for the Great Lakes region (comprised of UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Said Djinnit, UN Special Representative and Head of MONUSCO Martin Kobler, AU Special Representative for the Great Lakes Boubacar Diarra, EU Senior Coordinator for the Great Lakes Koen Vervaeke, US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the DRC Russell D.