Today, the International Conference on the Great Lakes, or ICGLR, will host a Special Summit of the Great Lakes Region for Heads of State and Government. The meetings will discuss peace, security and development in the Great Lakes Region, with the escalating crisis in Congo as top agenda.
A recent report by the United Nations Population Division provides worldwide population projections for the 22nd century, including statistics for countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The 100-year prediction shows Africa’s population eventually matching that of Asia’s by the year 2100, reaching approximately four billion people.
The Group of Associations for the Defense of Human Rights and Peace, or GADHOP, authored a declaration on July 18 urging the Congolese government and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, to take firm measures to end the pervasive kidnapping of civilians in the Beni and Lubero Territories of North Kivu Province.
Congolese human rights activist Neema Namadamu and her fellow Maman Shujaa (‘Hero Women’ in Swahili) work to show the resilience and importance of women in Congo who live in an environment that is violently oppressive to women. Namadamu’s call to influential women around the world helped lead to the appointment of U.N. Special Envoy Mary Robinson and U.S. Special Envoy Russ Feingold. These two major appointments are significant steps towards creating a lasting peace in the Great Lakes region.
GARAMBA NATIONAL PARK, Congo -- The park rangers, armed with AK-47s and swapping combat stories, suddenly fell quiet. The driver pulled off the dusty, red road and plunged into the savannah, plowing through tan grass tall enough to envelop our Land Cruiser.