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Plight of the Congo Is Focus of U.S. Congress Hearing

chrissmith.house.gov - March 8, 2011

Actor Ben Affleck testifies about violence in eastern Congo at U.S. Congress hearing led by Rep. Chris SmithThe tragedy and hopes for peace in the Congo was the focus of a hearing held today by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the House Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee. Actor Ben Affleck testified about the work of the Eastern Congo Initiative, including his travel to the DRC.
AFRICOM: Professionalism Key to Congo Medical Exercise

American Forces Press Service - September 17, 2010

U.S. Army Maj. Angie Allmer assists a Congo resident to the medical waiting area in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sept. 14, 2010.Humanitarian assistance -- especially medical and dental care -- is in high demand in Africa. And, that’s a big part of the reason the U.S. military is involved on the continent, the commander of U.S. Army Africa said yesterday. During a Sept. 15 “DoD Live” bloggers roundtable, Army Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg discussed Medflag 10, an ongoing humanitarian assistance exercise in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital of Kinshasa.
UN Security Council calls for urgent action over mass DR Congo rape

BBC News - August 26, 2010

Ban Ki-moonThe UN has said everything possible must be done to prevent atrocities like the recent rape of more than 150 women and children in the DR Congo. In an emergency session of the Security Council, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Congolese authorities had to fully investigate what had happened. The Council also said peacekeepers in the area should have done more to protect local people from rebels.
UN: Risks Increasing For Humanitarian Aid Workers

VOA News - August 19, 2010

Antonio GuterresIn observing this year's World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations aims to raise public awareness of the risks run by the men and women who provide aid to victims of conflict and natural disasters around the world. The day also honors humanitarian workers who have lost their lives or been injured while on the job.
African Nations Join World Community to Help Haiti

Charles W. Corey/America.gov - January 21, 2010

Haiti mapThe Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced it is sending $2.5 million in emergency aid to help Haitian earthquake victims. DRC Information Minister Lambert Mende told the BBC, “Congo isn’t bankrupt; our own problems should not prevent us from helping a brother country.
Celebrities Promote Humanitarian Causes

VOA News - April 20, 2009

Ben AffleckMovie stars, models and musicians can often command the media's attention when they promote charitable or environmental causes. Angelina Jolie, Bono, Leonardo Di Caprio are just some of the A-list celebrities lending their famous faces to humanitarian issues, third world debt and climate change.
63 Leading NGOs Press for Urgent Implementation of Goma Peace Agreement

Human Rights Watch - April 23, 2008

Apolinaire Malu MaluThe government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the armed groups, and international parties to the Goma peace agreement should urgently implement the accord and end the horrific suffering of hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children facing brutal violence and deadly diseases in eastern Congo, 63 international and Congolese human rights and aid groups said in a joint statement today.



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