This blog is devoted to providing information and viewpoints on the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Suggested Readings

A well-written introduction to the war:

Johann Hari, “The War the World Ignores,” The Sunday Independent, May 14, 2006.

A much shorter introduction:

Amitabh Pal, “Hope for End to the Killing of Millions in Congo,” The Progressive, July
25, 2006.

A press release for the study conducted by The Lancet that concluded that 3.9 million people died as a result of the war in between 1998 and 2004:

International Rescue Committee, "The Lancet Publishes IRC Mortality Study from DR Congo; 3.9 Million Have Died: 38,000 Die per Month," January 6, 2006.

The Lancet is accessible on-line, but it requires going through a free registration process. The relevant article is:

"Mortality in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A Nationwide Survey" by Coghlan, Brennan, Ngoy, Dofara, Otto, Clements, Stewart, The Lancet - Vol. 367, Issue 9504, January 7, 2006, pages 44-51.

A highly detailed account of corporations and persons involved in the plundering of the DRC's natural resources:

Keith Harmon Snow and David Barouski, “Suffering in the Congo,” Z Magazine, July-
August 2006.

Articles focused on rape in the DRC:

Goodwin, Jan. “Silence=Rape,” The Nation, March 8, 2004.

Integrated Regional Information Networks (UN news service), "DRC: MONUC Troops among the Worst Sex Offenders," August 28, 2006.

Integrated Regional Information Networks (UN news service), "DRC: Sexual Violence, Lack of Healthcare Spreads HIV/AIDS among Pygmies," September 13, 2006.

Critique of Corporate Media Coverage of War:

Friends of the Congo, "Congo: New York Times Front Page Frontin,'" July 6, 2006.

Other publications:

The Doctors without Borders 2005 briefing on the DRC.

Fatal Transactions, “The State vs the People: Governance, Mining and the Transitional Regime in the DRC,” The Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa, March 2006.

Timothy B. Reid, "Killing Them Softly: Has Foreign Aid to Rwanda and Uganda Contributed to the Humanitarian Tragedy in the DRC?" African Policy Journal, Spring 2006, Vol. 1.

Benjamin Todd, "Congo, Coltan, Conflict," The Heinz School Review, April 7, 2006.

Kristi Essick, “Guns, Money and Cell Phones,” The Industry Standard Magazine, June
11, 2001.

Integrated Regional Information Networks (UN news service), "DRC: Forgotten Killer is Back," July 19, 2006.

Integrated Regional Information Networks (UN news service), "DRC: Diamonds, Children, and Witchcraft," July 17, 2005.

Amnesty International Press Release, "Democratic Republic of Congo: Alarming Resurgence in Recruitment of Children in North-Kivu," March 31, 2006.