Is The Democratic Republic of Congo Close to Breaking Point? @ The Frontline Club, London [15 March]

Is The Democratic Republic of Congo Close to Breaking Point?

19:00 - 20:30

 Facebook event page
The Frontline Club
13 Norfolk Place, W2 1QJ London, United Kingdom
Armed conflict and long-term political insecurity have created one of the world’s most entrenched humanitarian crises in modern history in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last year alone 1.7 million people were forced to leave their homes (5,500 people a day) and the UN documented more than 12,000 reports of human rights violations. Adding to the problem was a delay in Presidential and legislative elections in the Congo as Joseph Kabila refuses to step down despite the Catholic Church in December 2016 reching a deal to deny him a third term. This compounded with the death of long-standing opposition leader Étienne Tshisekedi has created a political deadlock whereby violence in the Kasai region has intensified.

Some speculate that the violence in Kasai is threatening to overshadow the fighting in 2012 when the M23 rebel movement took over the city of Goma.

Aid agencies claim it is the worst-affected area of conflict displacement in the world. Yet in a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey, it was named the most neglected conflict in the world in 2017. Civilians bear the brunt of the violence in the fighting and displacement.

Is 2018 a year without hope for the country? Have the media and aid agencies neglected the brewing conflict turning instead to the Syrian Civil War and the Rohingya exodus from Myanmar? Our panel discuss and report on the ongoing catastrophe.

Mélanie Gouby is an award-winning investigative journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker based in London. Her work focuses on conflicts, politics and the impact of corruption on social cohesion, development and the environment. She was the East Africa correspondent for the French newspaper Le Figaro in 2014-2016, and has contributed to The Guardian, The New York Times, The Associated Press, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, National Geographic, France 24 and Vice, among others. From 2011 to 2014, Mélanie lived in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she covered the rise and fall of the M23, the latest rebellion in Congo’s protracted war. She led the investigation into a British oil company’s illegal activities in the Virunga National Park for the Oscar-nominated documentary Virunga, winner of a Peabody and duPont-Columbia Award for outstanding journalism. Her interest for the Great Lakes region began while she covered the trials of Congolese warlords at the International Criminal Court in The Hague from 2009 to 2011. Mélanie studied Politics and International Relations at the University College London.

Jean-Roger Kaseki is a human rights campaigner in the UK and the DR Congo. He is a Labour councillor for Tollington Ward, Islington and a human rights and social justice research institute associate at the London Metropolitan University.

Tom Wilson is a journalist who has been based in Kinshasa for 2 years until September writing about business and politics for Bloomberg. He is now based back in London but still following and writing about Congo.

Photo: Junior Kannah—AFP/Getty Images
Only registered users may comment.
Pass a quick registration or authorization.

Upcoming events @ The Frontline Club:

Rania Abouzeid in conversation with Lyse Doucet
The Frontline Club
2 Day Workshop: Introduction to Video Editing w/ Final Cut Pro X
The Frontline Club
The Last Animals + Q&A
The Frontline Club
Ethics in the News 2: Another News Story
The Frontline Club
Workshop: Ethical Content Gathering for NGOs & Journalists
The Frontline Club
Lynn Novick Q&A: The Vietnam War
The Frontline Club
Kompromat: An Evening with Stanley Johnson and Rachel Johnson
The Frontline Club
The Freedom of Expression Awards Curtainraiser
The Frontline Club
Workshop: Grant Writing with Donald Weber (1st/ 2nd June)
The Frontline Club
Workshop: Visual Narratives in Documentary Photography
The Frontline Club

The most anticipated events in London :

Wizard Fest London
London, United Kingdom
Jeremy Corbyn Victory Rave
The Red Lion, Westminster
Hospitality In The Dock 2018
Tobacco Dock Venue LTD
Sold Out: Planet Earth II Live in Concert
Royal Albert Hall
Vegan Festival comes to London
London, United Kingdom
Say ‘Wow’ like Owen Wilson at Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square
Bonobo Live: Alexandra Palace - London, UK - SOLD OUT
Alexandra Palace
Hot Since 82 presents Labyrinth
Tobacco Dock Venue LTD
The 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon
London Marathon
Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race 2018
Putney Bridge
The most popular events in your news feed!