Thursday, May 08, 2008

Petition: Get State Dept. to Pressure Rwanda out of DRC

Through my involvement with Friends of the Congo, I learn about initiatives and petitions like this one, seeking to pressure the State Dept. to play a more aggressive diplomatic role in getting Rwanda out of the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

I met and have gotten to know Martin Buhendwa and his family; Congolese refugees who have been living in Kakuma, Kenya (the UNHCR refuggee camp) for almost ten years now. They fled the DRC because of the Rwandan invasion; they can't return home because of the ongoing instability. The US needs to use its diplomatic powers (cough cough) to try and stabilize that part of the world. 5 million Congolese have died since 1998 because of the fighting.

Please read up on this issue and consider signing the petition.

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