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OkoNGO OkoNGO is a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo and those still living there.

Wemba-koy Okonda founded OkoNGO in 2009. Originally from the DRC, he works hard to help refugees in areas such as immigration paperwork, acquiring basic needs, and gaining access to English language education. He also speaks at various organizations and venues to promote global awareness of issues that affect the DRC today, particularly the effects of r**e and the illegal mining of coltan. OkoNGO

Wemba-koy Okonda founded OkoNGO in 2009. Originally from the DRC, he works hard to help refugees in areas such as immigration paperwork, acquiring basic needs, and gaining access to English language education. He also speaks at various organizations and venues to promote global awareness of issues that affect the DRC today, particularly the effects of r**e and the illegal mining of coltan. OkoNGO

07/12/2012

A NEW CHANGE IS NEEDED!!! ONLY YOU AND I CAN MAKE IT!!! LETS WORK IN UNITY

Great Lakes of Africa Coalition Calls for U.S. Action to End Instability in the Democratic Republic of CongoA United Nat...
06/28/2012
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Help End the Conflict in the Congo

Great Lakes of Africa Coalition Calls for U.S. Action to End Instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo
A United Nations Group of Experts report has documented the Rwandan government's support for rebel groups inside the Congo. Various media have reported that the United States Mission to the United Nations, headed by Ambassador Susan Rice had first attempted to block the report and after pressure has subsequently agreed to allow the publishing of the Group of Experts report. Reuters states that "the (UN) experts have implicated several high-ranking Rwandan officials who are directly involved." The U.N. material has been "verified by five separate sources," identifying Rwandan "officials supporting M23 as Defense Minister James Kaberebe; chief of defense staff Charles Kayonga; and General Jacques Nziza, a military adviser to Kagame." Kaberebe, according to this source, was "in constant contact with M23." In spite of the abundance of evidence demonstrating Rwanda's support of war criminals in the Congo, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the U.S. State Department refuses to hold Rwanda to account in spite of a U.S. Law that calls for withholding of aid to countries that destabilize the Congo.
Atrocities continue to mount in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where over 200,000 people have been displaced from their homes in the last three months as a result of attacks by rebel groups M23 and the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP). Support of the M23 militia is only the most recent example of Rwanda underwriting rebellions that continue to devastate Congolese communities; this is the latest of many documented instances of such support. Worth noting are previous rebellions of the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zaire (AFDL) in 1996, the Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD) in 1998 and the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP) in 2006. It is telling that former members of the RCD like renegade general Laurent Nkunda formed the CNDP and that, today, former members of the CNDP and RCD, including indicted war criminal Bosco Ntaganda, are members of the M23 rebellion. These rebellions are not separate, internal rebellions as they are often reported, but are all related recurrences of foreign intervention by the Rwandan government.

According the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navy Pillay, "The leaders of the M23 figure among the worst perpetrators of human rights violations in the DRC, or in the world for that matter, and many of them have appalling track records including allegations of involvement in mass r**e, and of responsibility for massacres and for the recruitment and use of children."

While President Obama has long recognized that the DRC has been destabilized by neighboring countries, his administration has yet to get tough on those fueling the cycles of violence. The need to hold the DRC's neighbors accountable was part of the only law he sponsored as a senator in 2006: PL109-456. Section 105 of that law gives power to the US Secretary of State to withhold aid from neighboring countries deemed to destabilize the Congo. US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton co-sponsored this law.

This legislation has been on the books for 6 years, but has yet to be fully implemented. The recent flood of evidence pointing to Rwanda's military aggression in the Congo calls for an enforcement of this law. In the United Kingdom, more than 20 members of parliament have joined the call to suspend financial support to Rwanda in light of the content in the UN report implicating Rwanda in supporting rebels in the Congo. In accordance with its statutes, the US government should withhold any military, bilateral and multilateral budgetary aid until Rwanda permanently ceases its support of rebels in the DRC.

Given the Obama administration's mass atrocities prevention directive, current violence in the Kivu provinces of the DRC tests the US government's political will to fulfill its promises and enforce its laws. Will the administration recognize the atrocities in eastern DRC and use the law Obama wrote to hold destabilizing parties responsible? Historically, economic sanctions have proven effective in curtailing Rwandan aggressions across the border. In late 2008, Sweden and the Netherlands suspended aid to Rwanda after evidence surfaced showing Rwanda's support of the CNDP rebel group.

The CNDP rebellion, parent to the M23 rebellion currently led by the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted war criminal Bosco "The Terminator" Ntaganda, had been devastating eastern Congo, causing thousands of deaths and displacing over three hundred thousand people from their homes. As soon as aid was withdrawn, Rwanda arrested General Laurent Nkunda. With a law on the books requiring that the United States respond as Sweden and the Netherlands did, and as the second biggest donor to Rwanda providing nearly $200 million in aid annually, the US has the power to help stabilize the region or continue to underwrite those who are destabilizing it. In its position, the US has both tremendous leverage and responsibility to take action.

The international community failed Rwanda in 1994 when it did little to respond and help prevent genocide, and nearly a million Rwandans were slaughtered within three months. Aftershocks from that tragedy have been reverberating through the region ever since. Though Rwanda has stabilized significantly, it is still a time to respond to mass atrocity in the region, as more than six million civilians have perished in Congo since 1996, Rwanda's first documented invasion. The United States government must do its best to foster peace and reconciliation in the whole region, not just in Rwanda. This means not merely giving aid but doing due diligence; the best hope for a speedy end to the atrocities is for donor nations to begin withholding aid from governments who perpetrate instability in the region.

Please join the Great Lakes of Africa Coalition in urging the US government to take swift and decisive action in Congo. Call on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to help end the impunity in the Congo by enforcing Section 105 of Public Law 109-456. http://www.change.org/petitions/secretary-of-state-hillary-clinton-help-end-the-conflict-in-the-congo

Signatories:
Institute for Policy Studies, Foreign Policy in Focus
Africa Faith and Justice Network
Africa Action
African Great Lakes Action Network
Mobilization For Justice and Peace
Shalupe Foundation
Friends of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, located in the heart of Africa and vital to the future of the African continent, has experienced the deadliest...

In 2011, UN experts reported that one of Obama's top trade advisors, Nigerian American oil billionaire Kase Lawal, was i...
06/28/2012
President Obama, Kase Lawal, and Bosco Ntaganda

In 2011, UN experts reported that one of Obama's top trade advisors, Nigerian American oil billionaire Kase Lawal, was implicated in a failed attempt to smuggle 4.5 tons of gold out of Congo's North Kivu Province.

http://www.anngarrison.com/audio/president-obama-kase-lawal-and-bosco-ntaganda

KPFAEvening News, 06.23.2012 In 2011, UN experts reported that one of Obamas top trade advisors, Nigerian American oil billionaire Kase Lawal, was implicated in a failed attempt to smuggle 4.. . .

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06/21/2012
Are Consumers of Electronic Products Complicit in R**e in the Democratic Republic of Congo? | Think.

http://thinkafricapress.com/democratic-republic-congo/are-consumers-electronic-products-complicit-r**e-democratic-republic-congo

There has been widespread recognition that violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is fuelled by the mining and trade of its minerals. Equally recognised is the fact that women are the chief victims of ongoing violence in the DRC: symbolically violated and subject to r**e as a...

05/27/2012

US actress and campaigner Mia Farrow slammed Western "apathy" over abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, saying people cared more about the region's gorillas than their fellow humans. "I think if the population in Nord-Kivu had been a population of gorillas, there would have been a solution long ago," Farrow told AFP in an interview, referring to the conflict-torn eastern region of DR Congo. "They wouldn't have allowed this to continue if it had been gorillas. Or especially puppies."

Please let us do something. Ask our congressmen or senators in the US or your governments in the country you are residin...
05/27/2012
Villagers flee as war in eastern Congo intensifies

Please let us do something. Ask our congressmen or senators in the US or your governments in the country you are residing to help stop the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I wonder if really the United Nations are doing the real job of making peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo? Or it is just business as usual? Please Save My People. This is a just cause.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/243094.html

The Red Cross says the humanitarian situation is worsening in eastern Congo.

05/17/2012

WALK TO PREVENT & END GENOCIDE

Join Don Cheadle, Lisa Edelstein and Josh Radnor for the largest anti-genocide rally in the U.S. featuring live music from CANTO and more! The Walk to End Genocide raises awareness and funds to provide vital resources for those suffering from the horrors of genocide. The walk will take place on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles (across from the Grove).

Anyone and everyone can help! Join or start a walk team, walk as an individual, make a donation, volunteer or become a sponsor! There is no fitness requirement for this family-friendly 5K walk, so everyone can participate and enjoy.

All walkers are encouraged to join the Walk to End Genocide Campaign for Change by raising $75 or more for relief and development projects in Sudan and Congo. Everyone who raises $75 or more will receive the Walk to End Genocide 2012 commemorative t-shirt and a coupon for our food trucks. For teams that raise at least $75 per team member, all team members qualify!

Take one step closer to a world without genocide. With your help we will raise thousands of dollars to help realize a better future for people around the world suffering human rights abuses. Register now and start your fundraising!

Schedule:

9:00 Registration, Silent Auction and Action Fair open
10:00 Registration Closed
10:00 Walk Program
10:30 Walk Begins
11:15-1:00 Action Fair, Food Trucks, and Live Music
11:45 Silent Auction Closed
1:00 Event ends

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Contact us at [email protected] or 818.501.1836.

03/30/2012

how can we improve the human race?? We can only do so by understanding our differences and working together to solve issues like child labor, r**e,racist, discrimination, stereotypes ect... we are responsible in improving OUR WORLD..the world you and I share.. Let not try to limit ourselves to ourselves. Please learn how you can impact your society, your community just with the little you might have you can make a great impact..we are thankful of having all of you here which demostrate how committed you are in bringing justice where there has been an injustice.

Please come a lot to support this event in Seattle, Washington. This is a just a cause.www.okongo.org
03/29/2012

Please come a lot to support this event in Seattle, Washington. This is a just a cause.

www.okongo.org

03/20/2012
Interlake High School Bellevue, Washington

OkoNGO was invited by the Interlake High School student in Bellevue, Washington (USA) to talk about the Democratic Republic of Congo.

OkoNGO etait invite par les eleves de l'ecole secondaire Interlake High School de Bellevue a l'etat de Washington (USA) pour parler de la Republique Democratique du Congo.

All about the Democratic Republic of Congo.
03/20/2012

All about the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Les eleves de l'ecole secondaire ont invite OkoNGO pour parler de la situation en RDC.

Nous remercions sincerement madame Collomb pour l'initiative.

03/07/2012
Let us Promote Education in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Hodaviah Djamba Okonda is talking about the need to help the children in the Democratic Republic of Congo to achieve their education.

Hodaviah Djamba Okonda in OkoNGO is the Secretary in charge of Communication and mobilization of funds.

This coming June 2012, she will be graduating from Seattle University in Washington (USA) with a Bachelor Degree.

This video was made by Ducoeur many thanks.

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