Conflict Minerals: The Truth Underlying the Systemic Looting of Congo

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In order to achieve fundamental and lasting change in the Congo, curative action must be taken as opposed to externally  imposed symptomatic approach that eschew the structural obstacles (usually foreign corporate interests and their African allies that carry out those interests at the expense of the people) that have plagued the Congo since its modern founding. A systematic action approach is warranted:

First: Learn about the issues – visit Friends of the Congo to learn the basic issues.
Second: Listen to the prescriptions proposed by the afflicted communities (Ask the Africans)
Three: Mobilize support on behalf of the people (download action plan)
Four: Get involved in the global movement.  Also, text CLUBCONGO 467467 for action updates and to remain engaged.
Five: Call on the US government to enforce Public Law 109-456, especially sections 105, which calls for the U.S. Secretary of State to withhold aid from neighboring countries that destabililze the Congo.

A path to peace and stability in the Congo require the following:
1. Cessation of U.S. and British carte blanche military and financial support for Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni
2. The opening of political space in Rwanda and Uganda
3. Holding to account Western Mining interests who contribute to the fueling of the conflict and the exploiting of the people
4. Support for Congolese civic society and local institutions
5. Support justice and reconciliation throughout the Congo

Read a comprehensive proposal proposed by Congolese elected officials, which capture the essence of how the international community can best engage the Congo.

Contact the below list of officials and demand that they pursue the above FIVE policy prescriptions:

President Barack Obama

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20500
Fax: 202-456-2461
Email: president@whitehouse.gov

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
US Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
202-647-4000
www.state.gov/secretary

Johnny Carson
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
US Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
202-647-4000

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations
New York, NY 10017 USA
212-963-5012 fax: 212-963-7055
Email: ecu@un.org

Ambassador Susan Rice
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Permanent Mission to the United Nations
799 UN Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3505
(212)415-4000; fax: (212)415-4443
E-mail: usa@un.int

Howard Wolpe
Secretary’s Special Envoy for the Africa Great Lakes
United States Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
202-647-4000

Written by Congo Kin

November 29th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

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  2. Thanks for this information. My sister has been wondering about this topic for a while.

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