Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ben Affleck and Mick Jagger Help Congo Refugees

Media Corp News reports:

Hollywood actor Ben Affleck and British rock luminary Mick Jagger have launched a media campaign to draw awareness to the refugees hit by the recent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

At the centre of the campaign is the 23-minute “Gimme Shelter” video directed by Affleck and filmed by John Toll, both Academy Award winners.

The footage was shot in the strife-torn North Kivu region of Congo, where thousands fled their homes after heavy fighting resumed in August.

The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) hopes to raise US$23 million in the war-ravaged African nation to pay for emergency aid and clean water. Click here for the rest of the story.

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we are trying to find a sponsor for a widow Congolese woman who was married to an American citizen. She is
42 years old and has no family left in the Congo. Espy
is from Kinshasa and has obtained all necessary documentation to come to the United States. The sponsor
she had here has just been deployed to Afghanistan for one year and is now unable to sponsor her.

Can anyone help?

Posted by: helen | Jan 5, 2009 7:27:58 AM

we are trying to find a sponsor for a widow Congolese woman who was married to an American citizen. She is
42 years old and has no family left in the Congo. Espy
is from Kinshasa and has obtained all necessary documentation to come to the United States. The sponsor
she had here has just been deployed to Afghanistan for one year and is now unable to sponsor her.

Can anyone help?

Posted by: helen | Jan 5, 2009 7:27:59 AM

we are trying to find a sponsor for a widow Congolese woman who was married to an American citizen. She is
42 years old and has no family left in the Congo. Espy
is from Kinshasa and has obtained all necessary documentation to come to the United States. The sponsor
she had here has just been deployed to Afghanistan for one year and is now unable to sponsor her.

Can anyone help?

Posted by: helen | Jan 5, 2009 7:28:00 AM

fist at all i would like to congratulate for the good
work that you doing globally . i"m refugee from burundi
live in south africa and i would like to tell you in
behalf of all refugees in south africa that we faces a
misere life . a life with out any support for education

therefore , i came across your organisation to introduize my application of help for education fund
so i can be able to continue with my studies in order
to get access to a better life so i can support my familly .

my sincerely!

Posted by: omar ndizeye | Feb 2, 2009 6:09:15 AM

MJPC to MONUC and Kabila: Enforce the ICC Arrest Warrant Against Ntaganda


MJPC calls upon the Congelese Government and MONUC to act decisively to enforce the outstanding arrest warrant against Bosco Ntaganda.

The Mobilization for Justice and Peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MJPC) today called on the Congolese Government and the UN's peacekeeping force in DR Congo, which is known as MONUC to act decisively to enforce the outstanding arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Bosco Ntaganda.

Shocked and outraged by recent report by BBC that an indicted ICC war criminal is playing a leading role in the UN mission in the DR Congo, the MJPC is strongly urging the UN Security Council and the entire international community to put pressure on the Congolese Government and MONUC to enforce the ICC outstanding arrest warrant against Ntaganda as soon as possible. "While it seems absurd that the 17,000 UN troops in Congo have not yet taken steps to enforce the ICC arrest warrant against Ntagada, it is alarming and even horrifying that they are engaged incoordinating military operations with someone accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity of inconceivable magnitude", said Amede Kyubwa, Executive Director of MJPC.

"Unlike other countries where there are ongoing investigations on cases of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the ICC has the power to enforce its arrest warrants in the Democratic Republic of Congo because of the 17,000 peacekeeping soldiers of the UN in the country, but so far these troops have not yet made attempts to arrest Ntaganda despite knowing his whereabouts and coordinating military operations with him. Warrant issued by the ICC must be respected and enforced by MONUC and Government of Congo" added Mr Kyubwa.


Ntaganda is accused of several war crimes and crimes against humanity including: the massacres of 150 people in the town of Kiwanja in 2008 in his duties as military chief of staff of the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), torturing and killing of hundreds of civilians of Lendu and Ngiti ethnicity between August 2002 and March 2003 when he was chief of military operations of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), slaughtering of at least 800 civilians on ethnic grounds at Mongbwalu, including the first priest killed in the Ituri conflict, Abbe Boniface Bwanalonga, killing of a Kenyan UN peacekeeper in January 2004 and kidnapping a Moroccan peacekeeper later that year, and recruiting child soldiers in the eastern region of Ituri. The MJPC is strongly urging the Congolese Government and MONUC to execute the arrest warrant issued by the ICC against Ntaganda.

As part of its global campaign against impunity in Congo, the MJPC has set up an online petition which can be signed at http://www.gopetition.com.au/online/24459.html asking concerned citizens around the world to demand the UN in Congo Mission known as MONUC and the Congolese Government to act decisively to enforce the ICC outstanding arrest warrants against Ntaganda.


About MJPC
MJPC is a nonprofit organization working to add a voice in advocating for justice and peace in the DRC particulary in the east of DRC where thousands innocent civilian including children and women continue to suffer massive human rights violations while armed groups responsible for these crimes go unpunished

For more information about the MJPC and its activities, visit http://www.mjpcongo.org. or call Amede Kyubwa @ 916 753 5717 or e-mail: info@mjpcongo.org . The online petition calling on the Congolese Government and MONUC to act decisively in enforcing the outstanding ICC arrest warrant against Bosco Ntaganda can be signed at http://www.gopetition.com.au/online/24459

Posted by: RIZIK | May 2, 2009 8:57:58 AM

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