Recent News

Check this page regularly for the most recent news stories on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

May 07, 2015

Letter to President Obama on US Envoy

Congressional leaders urge President Obama to appoint a Special Envoy to the Great Lakes and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Mar 29, 2015

Son of the Congo

Serge Ibaka left his homeland in the Congo to make it in the NBA. He returned to make a difference.

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Mar 26, 2015

Ben Affleck to testify before Senate

Ben Affleck alongside Bill Gates (and others) will testify before Senate Appropriators (Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs). Watch today at 10 AM ET.

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Feb 20, 2015

Coffee beans bring hope to war-torn nation

"With increased production and quality, I have little doubt that one day soon Congo’s coffee sector will become a model for long-term agricultural success," writes Seattle Times guest columnist, Dave Olsen.

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Dec 08, 2014

Ben Affleck on sustainable aid in the Eastern Congo

Actor and philanthropist, Ben Affleck sat down with David Brancaccio to talk about Affleck's foundation, the Eastern Congo Initiative. The organization is an advocacy and grant-making initiative focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo.

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Aug 01, 2014

The Daily Beast: Congo’s Women Deserve Action

Dr. Denis MukweDr. Denis Mukwege is a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated physician and Congolese national hero. Whitney Williams is a co-founder of Eastern Congo Initiative with Ben Affleck. Both joined Dr. Jill Biden during her recent visit to Dr. Mukwege’s wor

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Jul 15, 2014

CNN: Congolese: Returning home and building a dream

"Everywhere [you look], you can see new buildings and lots of construction," says Didier M'Pambia, who set up Optimum, one of the larger PR firms in the city. M'Pambia also publishes Optimum Magazine, a glossy pan-African business quarterly aimed at givin

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Jun 09, 2014

The World Bank: DRC: A Giant in the Making

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the potential to be one of Africa’s richest countries and a major driver of growth, according to Eustache Ouayoro, World Bank Country Director for the Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Congo.

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Mar 13, 2014

The Economist: Green shoots amid the shooting

Optimism is spreading among diplomats after months of worrying that the UN intervention brigade might get bogged down in endless skirmishes. The mood was buoyed by the conviction of a Congolese militia leader at the International Criminal Court in The Hag

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Sep 04, 2013

UPI: U.S. sends Russ Feingold to DRC

The U.S State Department announced special envoy to the DRC Russ Feingold arrived in the region to help drive the effort to bring peace to the country. Read more:

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Apr 29, 2013

UN's new Great Lakes envoy hails 'framework of hope'

The new UN special envoy for Africa's Great Lakes region, former Irish president Mary Robinson, said Monday that a recent 11-nation regional peace agreement was a "framework of hope" and vowed to help build the trust needed to ensure it is implemented.

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Apr 17, 2013

NGOs: Special U.S. envoy needed in eastern Congo

Mvemba Dizolele, strategy and advocacy fellow at the Eastern Congo Initiative, told the subcommittee that “we are not asking for more money, however we’re asking for American leadership, particularly moral leadership.” Read more:

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Feb 06, 2013

The Guardian: From Kinshasa to Goma – in pictures

Guardian reporter Mark Tran's picture diary of his recent trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo reveals the stark contrast between the expensive new developments in Kinshasa and the reality of life for the average person. It shows the impact of rec

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Jan 11, 2013

AFP: Dr. Mukwege to return home

Denis Mukwege, founder of a pioneering rape victims' hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo who was forced into exile after a bid on his life, will return home on Monday, his clinic announced Friday.

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Dec 02, 2012

CBS Sunday Morning: Chocolate that makes a difference

Theo Chocolate owner Joe Whinney believes that customers will pay more for their candy bars if they know they are investing in improving the lives of cocoa bean harvesters in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ben Affleck is making the same bet. Seth Doane

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Nov 29, 2012

Ben Affleck: Congo urgently needs U.S. help

Last week, a heavily armed rebel militia, M23, took control of the eastern Congolese city of Goma, the economic center and capital of the country’s North Kivu province. Unfortunately, to those of us who work in eastern Congo, the only surprise in this tu

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Nov 23, 2012

IRIN: Trading your way out of poverty

As M23 rebel fighters marched into Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a small group of people in the UK were watching anxiously to see what would happen next. They had spent the past three years working with coffee growers south of the c

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Oct 26, 2012

BBC: DR Congo anti-rape doctor attacked

Unknown gunmen have tried to kill a Congolese doctor widely praised for his work helping rape victims, he has told the BBC. When asked whether he had been targeted because of his work, Denis Mukwege noted that the attackers had not asked for any money.

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Jul 23, 2012

Christian Science Monitor: New trouble in Congo

Congolese rebels have put the national army to flight in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and displaced thousands of civilians, reports correspondent Max Delany from the city of Bunagana. The group, M23, says it fights to get the government to respe

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Jun 22, 2012

The New York Times Op/Ed: The Only Way to Help Congo

The situation in Congo keeps deteriorating even though its civil war has officially been over for years and the United Nations’ second-largest peacekeeping mission is based there. The international community has failed to help Congo achieve peace and secu

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