A google search of “crisis in Congo” returned 2,120,000 hits. It’s not like the world doesn’t know there’s a problem, a big problem. Harper McConnell, of Heal Africa, explained that while many international organizations have pulled out of Congo, they are still working in the midst of the conflict. Their web site tells of the ongoing life changing and life saving work they do.
Several ACTION STEPS that we can take are listed on their web site, along with the following explanation: “Through much of the media, the unrest is presented as a tribal conflict, but it is a conflict rooted in control for resources. Resources such as coltan (in latops and cell phones), diamonds, gold, tantalum, minerals which drive the global economy. It is the people of DR Congo who are suffering for the extraction of these minerals which are sold to multinational companies. Write your senator using this letter to tell them to support Senate Bill 3058 and enforce multinationals to follow strict extraction and purchasing guidelines. ” (There’s also a link to a letter to write to companies using coltan to check their sources, a link to a petition to print out and gather signatures on, and a donation link).
The video linked here shows another report done by the Pulitzer Center on Coltan and the Congo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OWj1ZGn4uM