In order to decrease violence fueled by the global trade in conflict minerals, Congo's recent ban on mineral exports must be accompanied by long-term efforts to reform the trade, including a certification process, says the Enough Project. Last week, President Joseph Kabila announced a mineral export ban on the conflict-ridden and mineral-rich Walikale territory in North Kivu, which was then followed by a full export ban on all minerals mined in the eastern Congolese provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu, and Maniema.
Enough joins InterAction and other NGOs in condemning the epidemic of sexual violence associated with armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in an open letter. We call on all stakeholders involved in the DRC to strengthen their commitment and action to stop this epidemic and to assist its survivors.
We’ve put together a set of frequently asked questions on Enough's approach to conflict minerals and peace in Congo. Take a look, and let us know if you have more questions about conflict minerals regulations.
In a new report, “‘This Is Our Land Now’: Lord’s Resistance Army Attacks in Bas Uele, Northeastern Congo,” field researcher Ledio Cakaj documents 51 attacks by the LRA in Bas Uele, Congo, resulting in at least 105 deaths and 570 abductions during the last 15 months.
This morning CNN.com published a feature Stopping flow of conflict minerals from Congo to your cell phone offering a sideshow journey of how minerals from militia controlled mines in eastern Congo are extracted and under what conditions.