Because Sierra Leonian pop-star Emerson knows how to through one awesome Tutu Party:
Monthly Archives: April 2010
1. Canada does not want to send peace-keepers to the DRC; instead suggest possible deployment to vacation islands with nice beaches.
2. Burundais school children protest teacher’s protest; expect teachers protest against students protest soon.
3. Norwegians once arrested and convicted of murder in the DRC have death penalty overturned; picture of defendants still suggest they are in dire need of a razor.
5. New gorilla sanctuary opened in the eastern DRC; gorilla camps compete with refugee camps for inernational coverage.
The opaque equation of how to best disarm rebels has stumped policy makers, frustrated governments, and caused continued violence. Cash-transfers, community reintegration measures, and job training programs have all had fairly dismal results. Now, MONUC is on the cutting-edge of disarmament policy in the DRC. They’re using the hotline:
MONUC peacekeepers are using broadcasts from mobile radio stations, mobile phones and leaflets air-dropped over hostile territory, to encourage rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, FDLR to quit the bush in eastern Congo and accept safe passage to Rwanda. The news of peaceful homecomings and the mass distribution of mobile telephone numbers to call when rebels want to surrender their weapons, made it possible for rebels like Colonel Ngoboka Rachid of the rebel Group ‘Raliement Pour Unite’ et la Democratie’ (RUD) to surrender to MONUC in the remote village of Mashuta in Luofu, North Kivu last month.
Facilitating access for rebels who want to disarm is key. Setting up a hotline is a great way to do that. I imagine the message on the helpline starts something like:
Than you for calling MONUC’s 1-800-I’m-A-Rebel hotline. If you are a member of the FDLR, press 1. If you are a member of the APCLS, press 2. Mai Mai, press 3….
1. The Economist asks where is all the love for MONUC; MONUC hopes for hugs from Economist readers.
2. Rwanda claims suspension of independent papers is not about upcoming elections; rather, government didn’t like the font-type used in the papers.
3. China donates material for upcoming elections in Burundi; ballot stations will serve dim sum. One person one dumpling.
4. Burundais president Pierre Nkurunziza visits Congolese president Joe Kabila; lapas with Great Lakes presidential faces will be produced.
5. Canadian Governor comes to Rwanda to discuss burgeoning and completely non-monumental geo-political relationship.