The Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, may be the rebel group responsible for Africa's longest running armed conflict, but its inner workings remain relatively unknown -- and frequently misperceived -- in the outside world.
Brian D. McLaren discusses why we all need to raise our voices for change in Congo on the Huffington Post. "Since we're all implicated, and since we're all connected, and since the West was silent when Cambodia and Rwanda descended into hell, doesn't it make sense for more and more of us to be sure that we're watching what's happening in the Congo? Shouldn't we raise our voices for needed change in Congo-related foreign and economic policy? And shouldn't we all support greater transparency in the minerals trade, opposing "dirty computers" and "conflict mobile phones" just as we have opposed "blood diamonds" since the 1990s?"
Alison Stewart explains the role of conflict minerals, mined and sold by warlords in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and used in our consumer electronics. She goes down the complicated path from mine to mobile phone. Need to Know airs Fridays on PBS.
Fashion mogul Donna Karan (designer of the DKNY and Donna Karan New York brands) launched a new website yesterday with a featured section on "Women Who Inspire," and long-time advocate and Enough Project partner Iman chose RAISE Hope for Congo as her designated charit.
This past Thursday, the Student Assembly at Cornell University unanimously passed the Conflict Free Campus Resolution and sent an additional demand letter to Paul Gould, chairman of Cornell’s Investment Committee.