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September 12th, 2006
Democracy in the Rough
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U.S. Department of State — Democratic Republic of the Congo
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_2198.html

The U.S. State Department’s official assessment of current conditions in the DRC

CIA World Factbook — Democratic Republic of the Congo
https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/cg.html

The current assessment of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s geography, economy, politics and culture from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

MONUC — U.N. Mission in DRC
http://www.monuc.org/Home.aspx?lang=en

Established in 1999 to facilitate the implementation of the Lusaka Accord, MONUC is the largest mission in the U.N.’s Department of Peace Keeping Operations. The Web site features extensive news updates and archives, related U.N. documents, photos and videos, and a country profile of the DRC.

Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)
http://www.irinnews.org/frontpage.asp?

IRIN is the editorially independent news service of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. It provides news and analysis about sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia for the humanitarian community.

African Elections Database — Congo-Kinshasa
http://africanelections.tripod.com/cd.html

Detailed data about every election held in the DRC since 1960, including the 2006 elections.

Global Policy Forum (GPF) — The Dark Side of Natural Resources
http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/docs/minindx.htm

GPF, a non-profit organization with consultative status at the U.N., works to monitor U.N. policy and educate and mobilize populations for global citizen participation. Their Web site contains, in part, extensive information about the ways in which the prevalence of natural resources such as diamonds, oil, natural gas and water have presaged war and civil strife in the DRC and elsewhere. Includes links to key U.N. documents as well as to other related media sources and articles.

International Crisis Group (ICG)
http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=1174&l;=1

ICG is an NGO that conducts field research and advocates to resolve conflict around the world. The Web site contains a history of the DRC, video images of the country, and an archive of IRC reports and recommendations regarding political and human rights developments in the DRC.

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) — Backgrounder on DRC Elections
http://www.cfr.org/publication/11167/congos_elections.html

CFR’s guide to the 2006 DRC elections.

Human Rights Watch — “Elections in Sight — ‘Don’t Rock the Boat’?”
http://hrw.org/backgrounder/africa/drc1205/

A special HRW report prepared in December 2005, as the DRC readied for elections.

Amnesty International — Congo (Dem. Rep. of)
http://www.amnestyusa.org/countries/dr_congo/summary.do

Amnesty International’s archive of reports about human rights in the DRC.

The European Commission — E.U. relations with Congo (Kinshasa)

http://ec.europa.eu/comm/development/body/country/country_home_en.cfm?CID=cd&lng;=en
The Web site of the European Commission (the executive body of the European Union) includes an assessment of the political and economic situation in the DRC, as well as financial data regarding E.U. member states’ aid to and development projects within the country.

Photo of a young miner with a diamond on his tongue.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
http://www.ifrc.org/where/country/cn6.asp?countryid=187

An archive of Red Cross documents related to the DRC — includes annual reports, news bulletins, and program updates.

ReliefWeb
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/dbc.nsf/doc104?OpenForm&rc;=1&cc;=cod

ReliefWeb, which is is administered by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides information on humanitarian emergencies and disasters. The Web site includes recent reports and updates from the ground in the DRC.

U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) — Democratic Republic of the Congo
http://www.fao.org/countryprofiles/index.asp?iso3=COD〈=en

Includes press releases about FAO projects and developments in the DRC, as well as statistics related to the DRC’s economy and its agriculture, forestry, and fishing sectors.

USAID — DR Congo
http://www.usaid.gov/locations/sub-saharan_africa/countries/drcongo/

USAID is the principal federal agency extending assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. The Web site contains information about USAID’s strategy and programs in the DRC.

International Monetary Fund — DRC
http://www.imf.org/external/country/COD/index.htm

Findings, evaluations, reports and working papers from the IMF regarding its work in the DRC.

All Africa
http://allafrica.com/congo_kinshasa/

A compendium of news articles about the DRC from African media sources.

U.S. Holocaust Musuem — Ripples of Genocide
http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/congojournal/

“Ripples of Genocide — Journey Through Eastern Congo” is a special exhibit of the U.S. Holocaust Museum.

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