Breaking the Silence Congo Week






Black History Studies took part in the Break the Silence Congo Week for Black History Month 2010.


The purpose of the Break the Silence Congo Week is to raise consciousness about the devastating situation in the Congo and mobilize support on behalf of the people of the Congo. Break the Silence Congo Week took place from Sunday 17 October to Saturday 23 October 2010.


The Congo is the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world today where nearly 6 million people have died since 1996, half of them children under 5 yrs old and hundreds of thousands of women have been raped all as a result of the scramble for Congo's wealth. The United Nations said it is the deadliest conflict in the world since World War Two. However, hardly anything is said about it in the media. Can you imagine 45,000 people dying each month and hardly a peep from anyone in the age of the Internet? This is literally what has happened and continue to happen in the Congo. There is a media blackout about Congo and no worldwide resolution to end the conflict and carnage there.


Black History Studies ran a number of events for Break the Silence Congo Week which included a presentation by Robin Walker on "The Early History of the Congo and Zaire Regions" and  two film screenings which was "White King, Red Rubber, Black Death" and a documentary by Amnesty International on "Arms Dealing and National Interests."


Black History Studies also delivered a presentation on the conflict in Congo at the PCS Black Members Conference.


For more information on Break the Silence Congo Week, please go to


For more information about the UK based organisation Save The Congo, please go to 


For more information about US based organisation Friends of the Congo, please go to




Mark and Charmaine Simpson Congo Display

Mark and Charmaine Simpson during Break the Silence Congo Week

Film Screening Congo Week

Film Screening Congo Week

Delegates at the film screening of 'White King, Red Rubber, Black Death' Delegates at the film screening of 'Arms Trading and National Interests'

To watch the film 'White King, Red Rubber, Black Death,' please click here


To watch the documentary 'Blood Colton,' please click here


Please watch these videos below about the History of Congo and the Conflict in Congo:



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