Congolese citizens have been forced to walk a tightrope between leaving or staying, bribing or abstaining, silencing themselves or shouting, dying or living. As a Burundian living within sight of eastern DRC, I have watched the human rights crisis unfold and deepen. Still, a border always operates as a buffer between perceptions and realities. I always wondered if there was more to DRC than darkness, and during my visit I realized that if I am to offer a deeper level of engagement to groups working there, I must start by taking a closer look at this vast and resource-rich country.
John Kabia is the Fund for Global Human Rights’ Program Officer for Thematic Initiatives. With over six years of experience managing Fund programs in West Africa, John has seen the region and the Fund’s work greatly evolve. We sat down with him to learn about the human rights challenges currently facing West Africa, and how […]
Photo courtesy of MTM By Zahraa Saheb, Program Intern August 23, 2017 “[They] did not help them. . . they stood still.” When staff members of the Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción orphanage were supposed to rapidly evacuate the children, they instead “stood still,” according to a 16-year-old former resident. On March 8th, 41 […]
Imagine giving birth to a healthy baby, but being unable to prove that the infant is yours. Imagine your child, older now, being refused enrollment in school and denied healthcare. For many new mothers living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this is an everyday reality. All because their children don’t have birth certificates. While Congolese law requires families to register their newborns within 90 days, this can be a near-impossible task, especially for poor parents and those living in remote areas.
How do you access a remote jungle where groups of armed men have children in their ranks? This is the question Murhabazi Namegabe faces each day working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In a country where tens of thousands of children are forced to be rebel soldiers or slaves, Fund grantee BVES […]
December 9, 2016 The Fund for Global Human Rights congratulates Abdul Manaff Kemokai, Executive Director of Defence for Children International Sierra Leone (DCI-SL), on his receipt of the Child 10 Award 2016 on November 14th, 2016. The Child 10 Summit brings together remarkable leaders of grassroots organizations so they can share knowledge and solutions to protect […]
Murhabazi Namegabe walked into the forest knowing full well that he may never return. Accompanied by several aid workers, Murhabazi had been driving for hours in the North Kivu area of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), searching for a group of armed men he knew had children in their ranks. However, when […]