Rwanda Begins Troop Withdrawl in Eastern DR Congo

Despite anxieties around Rwanda’s military presence in Congo, troops have now begun to leave eastern DRC, five weeks after they crossed the border to attack FDLR Hutu rebels. A ceremony bidding farewell to the Rwandan military took place in Goma today, and...

AFRICOM Fails Its First Test

As one of its principal missions, AFRICOM states that it will offer “the kind of support that will enable African governments and existing regional organizations… to have greater capacity to provide security and respond in times of need.” To that...

‘Greetings’ in Burundian Culture

This article originally appeared as a blog post on February 6th, 2009 during AFJN’s trip to Burundi and Uganda. Reposted here April 14th, 2009. Hearing Burundians greet each other and greet us in Kirundi got me curious about finding out the meaning of these...

Declaration of Religous Summit on LRA Issue

Last week, Caritas reported on the first-ever gathering of religious leaders from the numerous communities affected by the continued aggression of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a gathering focused on finding a regional solution to the violence. This three-day...

Vulture Funds: Ugly Name for an Ugly Reality

Vulture funds, often called “Distressed Debt Funds” are predatory hedge funds that siphon off newly freed resources from poor-country debt cancellation efforts.  They do this by buying up a poor country’s debt in default for pennies on the dollar and then engaging...