CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2011 |
A nonprofit group seeking to raise awareness of a deadly conflict in Africa apologized Thursday for pasting its campaign posters over one of Los Angeles' best known street murals. The group, Falling Whistles, admits it "screwed up" this week when it covered the mural, known as "Only Time Will Tell," at 2nd and Garey streets in the heart of the Arts District. The mural was a global effort by street artists from several nations, many of whom show their works in galleries and museums around the world.
June 9, 2011 |
Djo Tunda Wa Munga is pretty much the entire film industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly called Zaire. In fact, his acclaimed gangster film, "Viva Riva!," which opens Friday at the Nuart, is the first feature film shot in the country in 25 years. And because there are no movie theaters in the country, Munga has made a deal with the French consulate in the capital of Kinshasa, formerly known as Leopoldville, to screen the film there in September. "When I was a kid, I used to go to the theaters," said Munga, 38, during a recent visit to L.A. "There were two theaters in my neighborhood in Kinshasa.
March 9, 2011 |
At 14, Laba Kamana was captured by rebel soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For two years, she was raped nearly every day. She finally escaped into the Congolese jungle, one of the world's most dense, and discovered she was pregnant with the child of one of her captors. On Tuesday, the actor Ben Affleck used the nightmare of the young woman — now 22, studying law and advocating for women's rights — to argue at a congressional hearing that more needs to be done for the central African country whose vast mineral resources and dangerous geography have kept it mired in civil war. "If we continue to place Congo on the back burner of U.S. policy, it will come back to haunt us," Affleck told a subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
December 15, 2009
The deadliest conflict since World War II, in which 5.4 million people have died and 200,000 women have been raped, rages far from Iraq and Afghanistan. It is in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where murderous militias are battling for control of valuable minerals such as tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, which are essential to the worldwide production of consumer electronics. Congolese, in other words, are dying in extraordinary numbers for our cellphones and video games, digital cameras and laptop computers.
November 9, 2009 |
Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested about 100 armed men blamed for killing dozens of policemen in an attack in the country's isolated north last month, the government said Sunday. Villagers had killed 47 policemen sent to quell clashes over fishing rights between two villages in Equateur province, according to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo. The government disputed the death toll given by the United Nations but vowed last week to stem what it called the start of a new uprising.
October 27, 2008 |
Rebels overran an army base and seized the headquarters of a nearby gorilla park in intensified fighting Sunday in northeastern Congo. Since August, nearly 200,000 more people have been driven from their homes by fighting in a region where more than 1.4 million, or about one-fifth of the population, already have been displaced, aid officials say.