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.
President Obama’s speech at the University of Cape Town on June 30 was a highlight of his anticipated trip to Africa, demonstrating a renewed commitment to US-African relations on the part of the administration. His speech formed a narrative of progress and hope for the future, acknowledging the strides that the countries of Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania have made in democratization, while also making a point to ensure security in Central Africa.
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On June 19 the anti-slavery group Walk Free released a video game parody of Super Mario Bros in a new campaign addressing the use of conflict minerals in Nintendo’s products. The campaign was inspired by the Enough Project company rankings report which scored Nintendo last among 24 major consumer electronics companies in steps being taken to address conflict minerals in their products.
More than 200 activists came together on June 10 for the Enough Project’s Act Against Atrocities Advocacy Day, in conjunction with One Million Bones. Following the national installation of the large-scale social arts project One Million Bones,participants from 32 states and the District of Columbia held 94 meetings with elected officials in the House of Representatives and the Senate to urge the government to end the genocide and mass atrocities taking pl
Thousands of children are being exploited in the mines and by armed groups that operate in the Tanganyika district of Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. June 16 marked International Day of the African Child, and local activists publicly called on the authorities to secure the safety of these children.
The accelerating pace of the slaughter of elephants for their tusks has put African elephants at catastrophic risk in the coming decades. To make matters worse, some of the region's most notorious armed groups are taking tusks to finance their atrocities.