Congo’s Harrowing Violence Pushes UN Into New Role (PHOTOS)

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Democratic Republic of Congo War Congolese commandos celebrate as they advance up a mountainous road toward Bunagana, the last remaining stronghold of M23 rebels, in October 2013. (PETE MULLER, PRIME/NEW YORK TIMES)

At a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo last October, a women sunk to her knees in front of the visiting U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. “Every time we move out of this place, we are raped by various bandits,” she told Samantha Power, urging her for help.

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The Phallic Monologues

Watch out for this event in week 7!

Watch out for this event in week 7!

STAC’s own twist on the Vagina Monologues, featuring your stories! We are collecting stories from friends about their first times, embarrassing experiences and lack of experiences. All the stories are anonymous and will be twisted into a humorous monologue – performed by Warwick Rep Theatre Company. If you have a story to contribute, please comment in the box below..

A night of poetry, drama and comedy. University of Warwick, term 2 week 7. Watch out for further details.

Net Impact hosts Falling Whistles event to help child soldiers in Congo

Seth Weber's Writing

Buying the latest iPhone may be a form of contributing to war in the Congo.

In the Congo, factions fight for rare materials in mines, which are later used to make electronics and other devices, which Net Impact tries to raise awareness for, said sophomore Chelsea Burbridge.

Net Impact hosted a Falling Whistles event to raise awareness of the war in the Congo on Tuesday in the Union Ballroom.

Burbridge, president of Net Impact, said the war in the Congo is the deadliest war today.

Activists for Falling Whistles wear whistles around their necks to show solidarity towards young children in the war who blow whistles in order to get the enemy’s attention, which usually leads to their death.

Burbridge says she feels passionate about Falling Whistles because she wants to make a difference in the world.

“I’ve always told myself if I can help one life, one little kid…

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The Congo: Congo is not poor, Congo is opulent. Congo is not a charity case. Congo needs solidarity to be freed from the imperialist capitalist oppressive regimes imposed upon its people

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sits at the heart of Africa. For too long we have allowed The Congo to be synonymous with poverty alone, when its land is rich and abundant in mineral wealth. The Congo is an archive of strategic minerals, such as: Silver, Gold, Diamond, Coltan, Petroleum and many others. 65% of the world’s reserves of Coltan lie within the borders of the DRC.  Coltan is an essential mineral in the western world, it is a black tar-like mineral, that when refined transforms into a heat resistant powder that can hold a high electric charge. As a result refined Coltan has become a vital element in the production of electronic devices, such as mobile phones, laptops, computers and other electronic devices. The wealth generated from these minerals should be reinvested into the infrastructure of the country and used to raise living standards and the quality of life instead it is being used as an oppressive tool by militia groups to keep the people of The Congo under bondage.

For too long we have allowed the people of this great nation to be oppressed by imperialist capitalist and so called ‘democratic’ regimes. The international community is systematically looting the wealth of The Congo. It is time we help the people take back their state, take back what is rightfully theirs. With a population of 65 million people, who are represented by more than 250 different ethnic groups, the DRC is essentially a cultural melting pot and so its people are inherently its greatest asset and weapon. It is time we utilise them and equip them with the skills necessary to help them govern themselves fairly, justly and in unison

For too long we have sat back and silently accepted the myths of Africa, buying into the misconceptions of it being a continent of solely conflict, famine and war. Africa is more than that, Africa is wealthy, Africa has great potential, and it is our responsibility as the next generation to identify this potential and nurture it.

The Congo is not poor, Congo is opulent. Congo is not a charity case. Congo needs solidarity to be freed from the imperialist capitalist oppressive regimes imposed upon its people