• Mon. May 20th, 2024

Stop genocide in Congo

genocide in Congo : On Nov. 8, 2023, a video circulated online showing a distressing incident involving a Congolese man attempting to draw attention to the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The unidentified individual, standing in front of Kinshasa, the capital of the DRC, held a sign reading, “Stop the violence in Congo.” Tragically, he proceeded to douse himself in gasoline and set himself on fire.

This desperate act aimed to shed light on the two-decade-long conflict and genocide unfolding in the Congo.

A brief overview of the conflict :

Originating from the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, millions of Rwandan refugees, including a significant number of Hutus, sought asylum in eastern Congo. The situation escalated in 1996 with the outbreak of the First Congo War, led by Rwanda and other African countries, claiming that the remaining Hutus posed a threat. Joseph Kabila became president after overthrowing Mobutu Sese Seko. Tensions escalated in 1998, leading to the Second Congo War.

In the early 2000s, the Rwandan-backed rebel group March 23 Movement (M23) emerged. By 2012, M23 had taken control of Goma, committing war crimes and human rights abuses. The UN launched MONUSCO, proving effective as M23 announced the end of its rebellion in November 2013.

The re-emergence of conflict:

After nearly a decade of relative calm, M23 resurfaced in 2021, launching attacks on military positions in North Kivu province. By 2023, M23 gained control of key territories. In June, MONUSCO withdrew, criticized for its inability to prevent violence, leading to a dramatic increase in violence.

As of October, a record 6 million people have been displaced, and since 1996, approximately six million people have lost their lives.

Natural resources in the Congo:

The resurgence of M23 is tied to the Congo’s abundant natural resources, particularly cobalt and coltan. Rebel factions, including M23, are involved in corrupt smuggling and violent conflicts for control of mines and transport lines. The mining of these minerals has led to severe human rights abuses, including forced displacement, rape, and recruitment of children.

Modern-day slavery in the Congo:

The Congo’s citizens suffer due to the global demand for electronic devices. An estimated 225,000 Congolese, including 40,000 children, work in cobalt mines in dangerous and exploitative conditions.

genocide in Congo : What now?

Cobalt mining is linked to slavery, funding militia groups and causing immense suffering. Millions of civilians have been affected, and the Congo faces extreme poverty, malnutrition, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, limited education access, sexual violence, and outbreaks of diseases. Individuals must raise awareness, advocate for intervention, and support organizations like Save the Children, World Vision, the International Rescue Committee, and Doctors Without Borders. Even simple actions like contacting representatives can contribute to addressing this humanitarian crisis.

Mbiydzela

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Mbiydze is a web and graphic designer, digital marketer, and founder of a group of companies including CHEETAH CAMEROON, MBIYDZELA DIGITAL and PULSEBEAT ENTERTAINMENT  He is an ambitious entrepreneur with experience in various fields.
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