The situation in eastern Congo is dire. Government and rebel militias fight to control Congo’s mines, which are rich with natural resources. Profits from conflict minerals fund horrific violence. Congo’s disorganized military and police do little to stop it. Armed groups, operating without accountability, use rape and murder to intimidate civilians. Since 1996, over 5.5 million have died from war-related causes. Over 2.5 million have been displaced. Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to the deadliest conflict since World War II.
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How to Help
RAISE Hope for Congo seeks to fundamentally change the equation for Congo by using The Enough Project’s robust field research, advocacy, and communications to bolster a broad grassroots movement that promotes lasting solutions. Our initiatives work to educate and empower individuals to be a part of these solutions to the conflict.
It’s important to keep a focus on two of the most powerful players in the conflict minerals equation – the U.S. government and electronics companies. They are responsive to consumer and voter concerns, and it’s up to us to keep up the pressure. The blood diamonds campaign didn’t take off until a considerable number of consumers demanded that diamonds be conflict-free. We believe the same model that led to the Kimberley Process can be replicated and strengthened, and that we can end the illicit minerals trade that helps fuel violence in Congo.
One of the most important things we can do is raise awareness and grow the movement by engaging our friends, family, and social networks. Here are some links to help:
Speak Up for Conflict Minerals Regulations
Help Us Grow the Conflict-Free Movement
Commit to Purchase Conflict-Free Cell Phones, Laptops and Other Electronics
Urge Your School to Go Conflict-Free