Peaceful Protest to Stop War, Genocide, Rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Congolese Community of Southern California is organizing a peaceful protest for an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and for a Better World for All.

Saturday, January 17, 2009
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Intersection of Cahuenga and Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Info forwarded from members of the Congolese Community of Southern California: 

Join the movement for Change and Peace and Stop the exploitation of natural resources, violence against civilians, sexual assaults on women!  Organized by the Congolese Community of Southern California.

For more info, contact:
Jules Boyele - 213-384-2901 or email
Hugues Efole - 310-428-8039 or email
Ben Mandela - 310-702-5391 or email

More info about DRC from Ben and Hugues:
Forbes commentary piece on DRC:
Commentary - Congo's Conflict, Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, 12-22-08
"...The protracted fighting in eastern Congo is a symptom of a more pernicious problem than ethnic tension: the rush for control of natural resources. Congo holds large reserves of copper, diamonds, zinc, cobalt and other important minerals. For a decade, the eastern provinces have been at the crossroads of a conflict that has paralyzed the nation, one of the world's richest countries in natural resources. But the local population lives in abject poverty and fear..."
Doctors Without Borders Latest Reports from DRC
Voices from Eastern DRC -
Human Rights Watch -
Photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale describes the chaos he has witnessed and photographed in eastern Congo.
International Food Policy Research Institute: sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty
Workshop on Achieving Food and Nutrition Security in DRC  --  Immediate Actions and Long Term Investments in Agriculture
September 17-18, 2008, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Discovery of bodies of dead civilians in Congo. Jonathan Miller reports. 6 Nov 2008
French Coverage  --  mardi 18 novembre 2008 - Congo-Kinshasa : génocide (suite) -- in French
More on DRC:
Said Kakese Dibinga Interview  --
Said Yenga Kakese Dibinga recently (12/26/08) did an interview with the website  He sent the link while the Center was closed in observance of the holidays.  According to Said, it takes awhile to load.  He said that he sent it in hopes of raising awareness and to create thought and discussion.  Said hosts a program at
Said Yenga Kakese Dibinga is Director General, The Bayindo Group SA, P.O. Box 1782, Los Angeles, CA 90078-1782.  Email

Cost : Free and open to the public

Jules Boyele213-384-2901

Sponsor(s): , The Congolese Community of Southern California with support from African Leadership Council, Human Rights Watch Young Advocates, Amnesty International, International Criminal Court Alliance, International Actions Center, and The Immigrant magazine.Information about non-ASC events/programs is forwarded for informational purposes and does not necessarily reflect opinions of or endorsements by African Studies personnel.