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Obama Wants Peace in the Eastern Congo

American President, Barack Obama, sent his special envoy Howard Wolp ito Bukavu to inquire about how to bring sustainable peace in this part of the country.

The American President Barack Obama is committed to put an end to the violations of human rights that are going on in the Eastern part of Congo. He is putting pressure in order to pacify the Eastern Congo. In this vein, he sent his special envoy to Bukavu, the capital city of South Kivu province ,which has become a real battle field for various fighters because of its land that engorges categories of minerals. Thus, Howard Wolpe, who is Barack Obama’s special advisor to the Great Lakes Region, arrived in Bukavu yesterday. The aim of his visit is to see in which context durable peace can be brought in this part of the country by involving all the parties to the carnage; helping them sit together and find a common ground as a way out this awful situation that has now lasted more than a decade and caused great and heavy material and human losses.

Barack Obama’s advisor said that they still support the efforts that are being summoned by different actors in order to repatriate the Rwandan militia, FDLR, but also a political pressure as to return them to their country Rwanda are being undertaken. This because these FDLR together with other armed groups are said to be exploiting the minerals of this part of the country to purchase arms. The latter are used to perpetrating massive killings of the local population. He added that the Diaspora is also being consulted, so as not to continue supporting these militia.

So these are the key aims for restoring sustainable peace in the country. Various delegations are coming to the Eastern part of Congo, particularly itoBukavu, these days to help find peace. This is due to the fact that they are aware of the kinds of violence that this unfortunate population is undergoing. They seem to be willing to help in achieving a solid democratic country. This is the case of the French and the American delegations. The former is for economic issues, whereas the latter aims at durable peace. Indeed, this is very positive; but it should not be forgotten that God helps those who help themselves. So, the greatest efforts in finding durable peace in this part of the country must be the courage, willing and commitment of the Congolese in discussing openly and fairly the issue jointly with the other parties.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on March 15, 2010 at 01:56 am

He has to since America is the model of democracy for almost all the African countries. He will help to find a way out I think if he urges all the parts to involve in open and fair discussion.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on November 11, 2010 at 12:54 am

This, indeed is good will that needs to be supported by others leaders of the world. But the big issue here is the minerals of the DRC. These are being exploited and exported to different countries in the West and even in America. So, if laws can be passed as for which minerals from the DRC are not accepted, this could help much in halting rapes and violence in DRC in general. These minerals finance the rapists and even some local leaders benefit from such chaos to be exporting them. For them if violence continues, they will be blessed while women and girls are being raped and killed. We presently need to raise the awareness of the DRC women's plight so that anyone who is willing to help can do so.

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