Published On: Sun, Oct 14th, 2012

Societies come together to present Congo Week 2012

Student societies Friends of the Congo, UNA Youth Liverpool and Liverpool Student Amnesty Group have joined forces to present Congo Week 2012 from this Monday, October 15.

The events will “commemorates the millions of lives lost in the Congo conflict while celebrating the enormous human and natural potential that exists in the country.”

Monday: Screening of the documentary “Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth” from 5pm in the Harold Wilson Room

Tuesday: Silent Demonstration to show solidarity with the Congolese people – wear white and meet at 12pm in University Square

Wednesday: Switch your phone off for an hour from 12pm - Congo has an estimated 64 percent of the world’s reserve of Coltan, a natural resource central to the operation of mobile phones.

The societies said “as we benefit from Coltan millions of Congolese have died in the deadliest conflict since World War Two as a result of the scramble for Coltan and other minerals key to the functioning of modern technology.”

Thursday: Screening of the documentary “The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo” at 5pm in the Hub Training Room

Friday: Screening of the documentary “The Shadow Effect: Congo” at 5pm in the Harold Wilson Room

Saturday: Benefit Concert for the Conflict Resolution Centre from 1pm at Liverpool Guild Students. Guest speakers will include Lisette Mibo, representative of Save the Congo; Jane Gregory from Rape Crisis UK and Vava Tampa, executive director of Save the Congo.

More information about the events can be found here. Congo Week details from around the world can be found here.

About the Author

- Millie is in her fourth year at UoL, studying an MA in Politics and the Mass Media. During her time here she has been involved with English Society, Debating Society, Student Council and LSMedia, where she was a News Editor for 18 months before taking the role of Editor-in-Chief. She is a lover of all things political, has written for a local newspaper and runs three blogs. Originally from Gloucestershire, she is happiest in her wellies, but loves Liverpool for its live music, art and cocktails. Her weaknesses are old Penguin books, cameras and a good cup of tea.