Conflict Minerals

Activists Bring One Million Bones to the National Mall

On June 8, thousands of volunteers clad in white placed one million handcrafted clay and paper mache bones on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The installation of bones, completed as the focal point of the One Million Bones event weekend, represented a mass grave of persons killed by current genocide and mass atrocities around the world, including Congo, Syria, Somalia, Burma and Sudan.

Susan Rice Supports Restarting of Counter-LRA Mission, U.N. Action in Congo

In a welcome move on May 29, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice called on the Ugandan/African Union mission against the Lord’s Resistance Army to restart operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  In remarks at a U.N. Security Council briefing by Abou Moussa, Special Representative to the Secretary General of the U.N. Regional Office for Central Africa , or UNOCA, Rice implored the U.N. to take more action to prevent the LRA from setting up safe havens in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Rice stated:

Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Here at Enough, we often swap emails with interesting articles and feature stories that we come across in our favorite publications and on our favorite websites. We wanted to share some of these stories with you as part of our effort to keep you up to date on what you need to know in the world of anti-genocide and crimes against humanity work.

Oregon Activists To Join One Million Bones Installation on National Mall

Editor’s Note: Portland-based activists Amanda Ulrich, Alysha Atma, and Robert Hadley recently joined forces to host Oregon’s One Million Bones installation at Portland State University. They talk about their advocacy for Congo and the work they continue to do to pass conflict-free resolutions in Oregon cities. 

Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

 Here at Enough, we often swap emails with interesting articles and feature stories that we come across in our favorite publications and on our favorite websites. We wanted to share some of these stories with you as part of our effort to keep you up to date on what you need to know in the world of anti-genocide and crimes against humanity work.

Groups Push for Unity of African States at A.U. 50th Anniversary Summit

More than 70 Heads of State will gather this week to attend the 21st Africa Union summit which coincides with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the continental institution. The summit’s theme “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance” will unfold with a call for Africans to “realize the dream of the founding fathers for a peaceful, prosperous, and united Africa”.  Despite the backdrop of this celebratory atmosphere, discussions of the many challenges and conflicts taking place in several regions throughout the continent will also be on the agenda.  

Stars and Stripes Op-ed: More U.S. can do to reform Congolese military

Editor's Note: This op-ed, written by Retired Army Col. Rick Orth originally appeared on Stars and Stripes. Col. Rick Orth is a senior fellow with the Enough Project. He served as the U.S. defense attache to Rwanda (1996-1998), Uganda (2001-2005), and Ethiopia and Djibouti (2005-2006), as well as the military adviser to the assistant secretary of state for African affairs (2006-2008).

Field Update: Goma's Destiny

On Monday morning, the M23 rebel group and the Congolese army, or FARDC, clashed in the village of Mutaho, approximately six miles northwest of the provincial capital of Goma. The fighting comes after six months of relative calm between the warring parties following the 12-day occupation of Goma by M23 in November 2012.

Conflict-Free in Canada

The conflict-free movement is gaining momentum worldwide, with the newest development happening in Canada.  In March 2013, New Democrat Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar introduced a comprehensive conflict-free mineral bill to the Canadian Parliament.  Bill C-486 requires companies to regularly report how they obtain their supply of minerals such as gold, tin, tungsten, and tantalum from Central Africa, particularly Congo.

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