DR Congo

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

THE CURRENT SITUATION

The security and humanitarian situation in eastern Congo improved following the surrender of the M23 rebels in November 2013; however, many rebel groups remain and there is now a resurgence of violence… CONTINUE

BACKGROUND TO THE CONFLICT

At the 1885 Berlin Conference, King Leopold II of Belgium is officially granted personal ownership of the Congo Free State, including its enormous natural resources. After his ruthless and cruel practices come to light, the Government of Belgium takes control from King Leopold and re-names its colony, the Belgian Congo. The country becomes independent on June 30, 1960, and is re-named République du Congo (Republic of Congo). A few months later, Army Chief Joseph-Désiré Mobutu leads a bloodless coup… CONTINUE

INTERVIEWS FROM THE FIELD

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Crispin Mvano

DR Congo. Investigative Journalist & Researcher

Sept 1 2014. Crispin Mvano is an expert in security issues in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and possesses an unparalleled depth of current first-hand knowledge of the myriad of illegal armed groups that operate there.
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Janvier Maurai

DR Congo. Community Researcher & Mining Sector Specialist discusses the Bisie Tin Mine and Canada’s Alphamin Mining Company.

Janvier Murairi is the President of ASSODIP, a not-for-profit organization based in eastern Congo that undertakes research and advocacy programs in support of rural populations in the North Kivu province. Janvier has particular expertise in the range of socio-economic and security impacts of the mining sector on local populations. He has participated in the meetings of the OECD-ICGLR-UN Group of Experts in Paris and in Kigali on due diligence and Conflict Minerals. He is also Acting Executive Secretary of a coalition of 11 Congolese anti-slavery organizations, and an advisor to ADECOP. Janvier holds a university degree in legal studies
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