About Africa Great Lakes Project
In the Fall of 2005, CPT sent an exploratory delegation of four CPTers to Burundi and the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The group met with human rights organizations, peace groups, civil society leaders and church leaders to gain a better understanding of the conflict in the Congo and whether or not such groups would find a violence-reduction project helpful in their struggle for peace. The delegation was struck by the suffering of Congolese women, who repeatedly asked them to help spread the word about their situation.
The initial exploratory delegation recommended that CPT send a delegation of women to the DR Congo with the expressed purpose of learning about how Congolese women have been affected by the conflict and supporting their efforts towards peace and change by amplifying their voices in the international community. In late October of 2006 a CPT delegation of eleven women traveled to the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to meet with women who have experienced rape and sexual assault, as well as women's organizations, human rights groups, and churches working with these women. The diverse delegation included women from the U.S., the DRC, Colombia, and Kenya.
Following the women's delegation, two CPTers remained in the region for an additional three weeks to further explore the possibility of a CPT violence-reduction project in the DRC or Uganda.
In 2007, another group spent 2 months in Uganda and the Congo reconnecting with local peacemakers.
A CPT project was based in the city of Goma, province of North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ongoing violence had displaced two million people and killed over five million in the past ten years. The goals of this project were to support local nonviolent peace initiatives, to bring international attention to the conflict in the region, and to research economic factors which continue this violence. The team researched the connections between mineral extraction and the ongoing conflict and explored the possibility of accompanying villagers to their fields.
|DRC Delegation Report 2006.pdf||75.79 KB|
|Uganda and DRC Exploration Report 2007.pdf||153.73 KB|