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The music plays on

As part of NTK’s ongoing collaboration with the VII Photo Agency, we bring you photographer Marcus Bleasdale’s portrait of one remarkable symphony orchestra that’s thriving in Congo’s capital city, Kinshasa.


Study paints even bleaker portrait of Congo rapes

A new collaborative study says that sexual violence is more widespread than previously thought.


  Adam Hochschild: America has ‘blood on our hands’ in Congo

Alison Stewart talks to author Adam Hochschild on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Congo’s first democratically elected leader, Patrice Lumumba, by Belgian and — it is speculated — American operatives.


In response: How to avoid conflict minerals?

Following a Need To Know report on violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, viewers wrote to ask how to avoid buying products that use minerals from conflict-ravaged areas. This response examines the challenges of unraveling the supply chain and what industry, government and NGO groups are doing to address the issue.


Officials confirm arrest of rebel leader for mass rapes in Congo

United Nations officials hailed the capture of a militant leader implicated in a barbaric series of mass rapes earlier this year, but experts feared the arrest would be seen as an “isolated event.”

Congo soldiers on why they rape

A clip from Lisa Jackson’s “The Greatest Silence” features a group of young male soldiers talking openly about the acts of rape that they have committed.


Rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In this extended web interview, Alison Stewart speaks with Anneke van Woudenberg of Human Rights Watch about the roots of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the use of rape as a weapon against communities there.

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