Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Help promote peace, heath, and welfare in Congo.

This morning's Diane Rehm Show focused on the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo. It's been in the news a lot lately because more than 1 million people have been displaced, because there is increasing use of child soldiers and rape as a weapon of war, because more than 5 million people have died because of the conflict since it started 10 years ago. So instead of just listening to the news about Congo, let it drive you to action.

First, learn more about the crisis:

* Listen to the Diane Rehm Show podcast discussion.
* View pictures from Doctors Without Borders and listen to their commentary.
* Read this article from The AFRican on one effective response to the conflict.
* Listen to an interview with Samual Ngabe from Oxfam.
* Visit the action and education center at Raise Hope for Congo.
* Watch the CNN video below.

Now act. You can donate to the organizations below, educate your family, friends, coworkers, and colleagues, or write a letter or blog post urging others to support the important work.

* Oxfam International
* Doctors Without Borders
* World Vision
* Red Cross
* Women for Women International
* Diane Rehm Show
* Raise Hope for Congo

Let's get started!

"If there is anybody in this land who thoroughly believes that the meek shall inherit the earth they have not often let their presence be known." - W.E.B. Du Bois


Peter said...

Thanks for bringing this to the foreground... What is happening in Congo is one more humanitarian disaster to add to the sad list of Sudan, Chad, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan...


Karama said...

Thanks for reading, Peter. Please come again soon, and spread the word about the difference we can make in Congo.

Claire said...

But is that all that we can do? Donate? As individuals, how can we help these people and promote peace directly?!

Karama said...

Hello Clarie,

If you have the necessary skills you may be able to volunteer or work for Doctors Without Borders, the International Red Cross, World Vision, or a similar organization.

You may want to write your elected officials to ask them to act or allocate funds to act in the Congo.

You can also help educate others about the situation and they ways they can promote a resolution.

And of course, you can donate. Don't discount your donation. Every little bit helps. And if you don't have money, consider donating time, in kind goods, profits from your blog or Ebay sales, etc.

There are lots of ways to serve. I hope you'll peruse the archives to find more.

Thanks for reading, Claire.