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StandWithCongo Pushes Transparency with Premiere of 'When Elephants Fight' in Limerick

StandWithCongo, in collaboration with SOS Congolese Youth and Campaign for Democracy in Congo (CDC) are presenting a free public screening of the award-winning documentary film When Elephants Fight at 5pm on Tuesday 8th November, 2016, at Room T1-17, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

"When Elephants Fight" is an eye opening film that captures the illicit mineral trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and shows how the complicity of multinational corporations and corrupt politicians threaten human rights globally and, perpetuate the deadliest conflict since World War II in the DRC. The film is narrated and produced by Golden Globe award winner, Robin Wright.

The film will be the flagship of an event to campaign for democracy in the DRC. There will also be a panel discussion featuring the President of SOS Congolese Youth, Maurice Kikangala; Campaign Coordinator of StandWithCongo, Garret Moore; President of Campaign for Democracy in Congo and lecturer at Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Dr. John Lannon; Lecturer at Mary Immaculate, Dr Patricia Kieran; Law and Human Rights Activist, Mrs Tracey Ratidzai Ohajunwa, and Director of Down to Basics Network (DoToBa), Ms. Catherine Mahoro.

Mary Immaculate College hosts a multi-disciplinary seminar focusing on the plight of children and women in the DR Congo

Original press release here

SOS Congolese Youth and Mary Immaculate Chaplaincy in partnership with MIC Students' Union recently hosted a multi-disciplinary seminar, entitled Make it Stop: Violence against Women and Children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as part of  MIC's programme of events during Limerick's reign as  National City of Culture 2014.

In addition to the various talks on the current plight facing the most vulnerable within the DRC's society the seminar included musical performances from the Elikya Choir and an art exhibition entitled 'The Impact of violence against women and children in conflict regions' by artist and human rights activist Ms. Nhono Tambidila, founder of Congolese Women in Ireland.  Attendees were also afforded the opportunity to sample some of the culinary delights from the Congo region.

Human Rights and Democracy: The 2012 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report - Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

On 15 April the United Kingdom: Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued the following 2012 report on the DRC. The full report is as follows:

United Kingdom: Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Human Rights and Democracy: The 2012 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report - Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 15 April 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/516fb7cbf.html [accessed 23 April 2013]

Why is there a Campaign for Democracy in Congo?

After years of conflict the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to live through a crisis of poverty and oppression, while at the same time it contains all the necessary resources to alleviate poverty and to sustain economic growth. A March 2013 BBC profile of the country described it as follows "A vast country with immense economic resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has been at the centre of what could be termed Africa's world war. This has left it in the grip of a humanitarian crisis. The five-year conflict pitted government forces, supported by Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe, against rebels backed by Uganda and Rwanda."

Approximately ths size of Western Europe, the DRC is an extremely wealthy country, rich in diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt and zinc. It has supplies of coltan, which is used in mobile phones and other electronic gadgets, and cassiterite, which is used in food packaging.