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Author Archives: Lindsey Moore
Katanga Appeals Conviction Recently I reported that the military leader, Germain Katanga, was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Comprising the latest installment in the saga, Katanga has appealed the ICC’s decision. It remains to be seen whether the court will uphold the conviction, but either way, the case continues to make history…. Continue reading
Lubumbashi Installs Traffic Robot The city of Lubumbashi has installed the DRC’s third “traffic cop robot” at a major intersection. The robots are solar-powered humanoids which stand in the middle of intersections, act as stoplights, and record traffic violations. An organization called Women Technologies, which encourages female engineers in the DRC, makes the robots. They… Continue reading
The Democratic Republic of the Congo takes the position that Katanga should not be allowed to defect to Tanzania, the African Union should contribute military aid to prevent this action from occurring, and troops should be allocated on a basis first of agreement with the DRC, then based on population and military capacity. It is… Continue reading
Boat Crash Kills Refugees A boat carrying Congolese refugees across Lake Albert capsized last weekend. The refugees were on their way home to the DRC from a camp in Uganda. 41 passengers were rescued and 98 bodies have been recovered, but officials think there may have been as many as 250 people aboard the boat…. Continue reading
Report Reveals Poaching Devastation The Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature revealed that animal populations of Garamba National Park have been ravaged by poachers. The Institute says that total species populations have decreased by 65% over the past 30 years. Park rangers and local Catholic leaders are calling for the creation of an armed… Continue reading
1. At several points throughout the novel, Birahima summarizes various aspects of political history. How does hearing the history from a child’s point of view affect readers’ reception? Does hearing Birahima tell the history affect the illustration of Birahima as a character? How so? 2. Even up until the end of the novel, Kourouma leaves… Continue reading
Gold Smuggling Investigated A recent UN investigation revealed that the DRC lost 400 million USD to the gold smuggling industry last year. Businessmen, politicians, and soldiers work together to steal the gold, get it out of the country, and use the money to finance armed rebellion. Neighboring countries, like Kenya and Uganda, profit as well,… Continue reading
1. Compare and contrast the illustrations of everyday life in Senegal presented by So Long a Letter and Xala. Do you find one more compelling than the other? Why or why not? 2. The second half of the book depicts the lives of some of Ramatoulaye’s children. How do they compare to the previous generation?… Continue reading
Mental Healthcare Priority in Bibwe Over the past year, thousands of people have sought refuge in displaced persons camps near the northern Congolese town of Bibwe. Though MSF has been working in the DRC for years, they have recently prioritized mental healthcare as a mission. It has been determined that about 90% of camp residents… Continue reading
Humanitarian Crisis Ignored in South Congo News about a humanitarian crisis in the southern Congolese province of Katanga has been overshadowed by the conflict in the eastern DRC. In Katanga, a violent secessionist group, the Mai Mai Bakata Katanga, continues to terrorize the region. New statistics show that over 600 homes have been destroyed and… Continue reading