Breaking the Silence about Congo Week

Since 2010, Black History Studies has taken part in the Break the Silence Congo Week.

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.

The Congo is the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world today where over 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.  

This is an historic opportunity for you to be a part of the global movement to bring an end to what is described as the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century and the deadliest conflict since World War Two. We encourage you to seize the moment and become a part of a noble pursuit for justice and human dignity in the heart of Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Black History Studies have run a number of events for Break the Silence Congo Week such as presentations on “The Early History of the Congo and Zaire Regions” and hosting films screenings such “White King, Red Rubber, Black Death”, “Arms Dealing and National Interests” a documentary by Amnesty International and Apocalyse Africa Made in America and more.

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

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