“The situation in the Congo is not just a Congolese issue, it’s not just an African issue, but it’s a global issue, it’s a worldwide issue. Congo is a part of the second-largest rainforest in the world. It’s vital to the fight against climate change. If you’re concerned about climate change, you should be concerned about Congo. Half of those that have died as a result of the conflict are children under the age of five. So, if you are a child advocate, if you are concerned about children, you ought to be concerned about what is happening in the Congo. If you are concerned about women, if you have a mother, a sister, you ought to be concerned about what’s happening in the Congo. If you drive an automobile, or fly in airplanes, or own a cell phone, as a human being, at the very least, you ought to be concerned, you ought to say something, you ought to want to find out why this is happening, you ought to be moved to want to bring an end to it.”
- Maurice Carney, Executive Director of Friends of the Congo
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"I’m coordinating a swim with others members of my local YMCA because what has been happening in eastern Congo is similar to what happened in the Holocaust protracted over many years. Little attention has been paid and few are asking why. As in the past, when the full scale of the reality is finally revealed, many will ask 'how can this be? I did not know.' We all need to be involved for our common and shared humanity."
- Nunu Kidane is the Director of Priority Africa Network and recently was honored by the White House as a ‘Champion of Change.’