Tag Archives: DRC

Redemption Songs

A girl forced into sex slavery becomes a young woman learning to fix cars. Her dream was simply to drive. Unobtrusive and quietly brave, a young boy returns from a life as a spy in a rebel camp and learns to be a carpenter. How does a child survive war and enter the civilian world?

Check out this blog post from Medium, exploring the post-conflict lives of 12 Congolese children: https://medium.com/p/594b85beaf64.

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Fair Trade Phones: An Idea Worth Spreading

Check out this powerful TED Talk by Congolese activist Bandi Mbubi exploring the importance of developing a plan to make fair trade cell phones: http://www.ted.com/talks/bandi_mbubi_demand_a_fair_trade_cell_phone

coltan

Since 1996, over 5 million Congolese men, women, and children have lost their lives, in large part due to the extraction of coltan. This precious mineral is found in practically every cell phone, laptop, and gaming device available on the market today. In this Talk, Mbubi tells us more about what the extraction of coltan has meant for the government, economy, and most importantly the people of the DRC.

What Really Happened in the Congo?

In the latest issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, author Stephen Weissman takes us inside the political world of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 1960s. Weissman explores one of the most contentious issues of Congolese independence: how big of a role did the CIA play in the death of independence leader Patrice Lumumba? See an excerpt of the article here and follow the link above to read the article in its entirety:

We now know that even though the threat of communism in Congo was quite weak at the time of Congo’s independence, the CIA engaged in pervasive political meddling and paramilitary action between 1960 and 1968 to ensure that the country retained a pro-Western government and to help its pathetic military on the battlefield. So extensive were these efforts that at the time, they ranked as the largest covert operation in the agency’s history, costing an estimated $90–$150 million in current dollars, not counting the aircraft, weapons, and transportation and maintenance services provided by the Defense Department. The CIA had a hand in every one of Congo’s major political turning points during the period and maintained a financial and political relationship with every head of its government.

My Article is Officially Published!!

I’ve been waiting a very long time for this….the article I submitted to the Journal of International Peacekeeping is officially published and available online! Check out my Abstract below and click on the title, which is an active link to Brill’s publishing site.

Transformative Peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Emily K. Maiden

Abstract
This article critiques the potential success of the Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region—signed on February 24, 2013—against the backdrop of the 1999 Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement, which failed to end the Second Congo War. The 1999 Agreement failed because its overall design, coupled with the socio-political climate in the region at the time, resulted in a ‘no war, no peace’ scenario. These failures were furthered by the overall inability of the international peacebuilding community to design and implement a peace strategy in the DRC that aligned with the needs of the Congolese people. If the 2013 Framework is to succeed, what is required is a transformation of the peace process, which will incorporate the Congolese civil society, avoid restrictive timelines, and focus on securing realistic commitments. By critically analyzing both the 1999 Agreement and the broader conflict-resolution and peacebuilding processes, international peace practitioners can learn from the situation in the DRC and use the revised peace model this article outlines to promote true and lasting peace in regional conflicts across the developing world.

Keywords
1999 Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement,Democratic Republic of the Congo, peacekeeping, post-conflict transformation, peacemaking