Break the Silence – Congo Week 2011
October 19th, 2011
Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is far from over. Insecurity continues to plague parts of the eastern Congo and horrifying stories of rape and other forms of human rights abuses are still being reported. In order to raise awareness around the world of this situation in Congo, Break the Silence – Congo 2011 is being marked from October 16 to October 22, 2011. The aim of Congo advocacy is to raise awareness about the devastating situation in the Congo and mobilize support on behalf of the people of the Congo.
DRC is a major source for many minerals such as coltan, which is used in electronics like cell phones and laptops. Unfortunately, funding for armed groups in Congo comes from the sale of these minerals often to technology companies in Europe and North America.
Oblate JPIC, in solidarity with Missionary Oblates working in Congo, support actions to improve the situation in the country. We continue to urge U.S companies that operate in or source products from Congo to support Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This part of the Bill relates to reporting requirements regarding conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries. Also, Oblate JPIC staff will participate in a roundtable meeting on Congo Conflict at the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C
The main teaching resource for Congo Week 2011 is a short documentary, “Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth.” It is produced by the Friends of the Congo and can be screened in your parish, home and community.