Congo Briefing at Tinto in Toronto on July 29/09

Report Back: Congo Briefing
A report from the Eastern DRC by Justin Podur

Wednesday July 29, 2009, 7pm Tinto Coffee House
89 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto
(416) 530-5885

Writer Justin Podur visited Bukavu in South Kivu in the eastern DRC in June/July 2009 and interviewed human rights defenders, mining researchers, and medical and legal experts on sexual violence.


Report Back: Congo Briefing
A report from the Eastern DRC by Justin Podur

Wednesday July 29, 2009, 7pm Tinto Coffee House
89 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto
(416) 530-5885

Writer Justin Podur visited Bukavu in South Kivu in the eastern DRC in June/July 2009 and interviewed human rights defenders, mining researchers, and medical and legal experts on sexual violence.

The conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed some 5 million people since 1998, mostly in the East, according to mortality surveys by the International Rescue Committee. It is characterized by shocking rates of sexual violence and financed by illegal mineral exploitation. Exacerbated by extreme poverty and coexisting with extreme mineral riches, the conflict is rarely explained: who are the actors? What are their agendas? What are their strategies? What shape could international solidarity take, and what difference could it make? With eyewitness testimony, photos, maps, and research, the talk will attempt to answer these questions.

Please forward to those who might be interested.

Contact Justin: justin@killingtrain.com

Justin Podur

Author: Justin Podur

Author of Siegebreakers. Ecology. Environmental Science. Political Science. Anti-imperialism. Political fiction. Teach at York U's FES. Author. Writer at ZNet, TeleSUR, AlterNet, Ricochet, and the Independent Media Institute.