The artist Aimé Mpane doesn’t tell us the identities or names of these individuals. These portraits show ordinary citizens of Kinshasa— the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo—along with representations of their fears and desires. Together they represent some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa. 

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Aimé Mpane (Congolese, born 1968). Ici on crève (“We’re Dying Here”), 2006-2008. Brooklyn Museum

Have Pizza and Beer with Matt, Ben and Tom

You and a friend will:

  • Get to know Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Tom Brady over pizza and beer
  • Talk football, movies and life with some of New England’s finest exports
  • Get flown out to Boston and put up in a 4-star hotel
  • Support three amazing causes - Eastern Congo Initiative, Water.org, and TB12 Foundation
  • Enter the draw for $10 HERE
To Evangelicals Who Think Hillary Is Deplorable
Sixteen years ago, I was living in Midland, Texas, where members of evangelical churches were praying for the 2000 Election Day matchup between Al Gore and George W. Bush. This was no ordinary election for our city because George W. and his wife, Laura, had grown up in Midland and they were greatly loved and admired for their Christian faith.
By Deborah Fikes

Ambassador Gration was born in Congo to evangelical missionaries and had a distinguished career in the military and then became the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya. Gration writes from his own unique first-hand personal experiences about the unfair blame that Secretary Clinton has received for the Benghazi tragedy. He had security concerns at his Nairobi Embassy that were very similar to the Benghazi Embassy and made multiple requests through the State Department protocols without success. He left his post three months before the Benghazi tragedy but he concludes that his concerns and Libyan Ambassador Chris Stephens concerns were not communicated up the chain of command to Secretary Clinton. Yet after tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money and excessive number of congressional hearings on Benghazi have been held that completely exonerate Hillary from any wrongdoing, the hateful misinformation continues and we hear chants for “lock her up” even in gatherings organized by evangelical Christians.

My time in WDC and Hillary’s time there continued to provide more opportunities for seeing her faith being lived out when she was Secretary of State. I saw firsthand how she humbly reached out to religious leaders like Sudanese Evangelical Bishop Elias Taban when she was negotiating with leaders from North and South Sudan on implementing a peace treaty.

Her outreach did not end there as I saw how she kept in touch with this Bishop, going to extra trouble to track down his village satellite phone number and call him on Christmas to see how he and his church were doing with the on-going challenges they faced in South Sudan. I would like to go on record also here to say that my experiences with the Clinton Global Initiatives and their work in Africa has been nothing but positive and anyone who has had experience working with the interactions between foundations and the State Department views the recent accusations that there was “pay for play” are in my opinion attempts to create yet another scandal that is simply not there.


Deadly Mali hotel attack: ‘They were shooting at anything that moved’

(CNN)Gunmen who raided a Malian hotel shouted “Allahu akbar” as they sprayed bullets on tables of people who were gathered for breakfast, a witness said.

The attackers did not say a word to anyone as they opened fire Friday morning, employee Tamba Couye said.

They shot at “anything that moved” as terrified patrons dashed for cover all over the hotel, he said.

By the time Malian and U.N. security forces rushed in and ended the siege hours later, bodies were scattered across the floors of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako.

At least 19 people were killed in the attack, said Olivier Salgado, a spokesman for the U.N. mission in the nation.

Interesting to see how the media seemed to pay a little more attention than usual on this attack, but not because some Malians were either killed or injured. It was because one of the first Mali attack victim was an American and also some foreigners were either killed or held hostage.






Please pray for Mali and and not just for one life that was lost, but for all the lives that were lost in such a horrendous attack! This is our Africa. Please repost, reblog, post,  and let your voices be heard. 


Blanc Ebène (White Ebony) 

By Patricia Willocq a White Congolese

“I was born and raised in the Congo (DRC). After leaving Africa, I spent my life traveling around the globe and  came back to my native country  in June 2013.

Being a person with albinism in many part of Africa is not the best gift life could grant you. Although, the Ndundus (albino in Lingala)  in the Congo are better off then their Tanzanian and Burundian counterparts  who are killed and mutilated by “witch doctors” - they are stigmatised and discriminated by the society.

But people with albinism in the Congo are gathering  and slowly making their way towards integration.

This photo report is a testimony of hope, courage, love and success to give them the dignity they deserve. It can hopefully be used to promote understanding and tolerance towards people with albinism  in the Congo and in the rest of Africa.”

*Albinism affects the production of melanin, the pigment that colours skin, hair and eyes. People with albinism have a reduced amount of melanin or no melanin at all, which can cause characteristic signs and symptoms often obvious from birth*


Charges dropped against driver in crash that killed 20-year-old:

According to police, the driver of the Cadillac, which was traveling southbound on MD 202, lost control and crossed the center line directly into the path of the oncoming Nissan.The driver of the Nissan, identified as 20-year-old Adedire Olanrewaju Ososanya of Upper Marlboro, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Calero, the driver, also the son of a state senate, was initially charged with DUI and reckless driving, but prosecutors dropped the charges, pending a complete investigation.

Please sign the petition in order to get justice for Adedire here:


“Adedire Olarewaju Ososanya a rising star of his generation and a 3rd year student of Morgan State University was killed in a cold blood car crash on Thursday December 17, 2015 by a hardened and a repeated drunk driver in Largo Maryland. The offender has multiple traffic and criminal records. The alleged drunk driver is James Scott Calero, son of a state senate. James Calero is from  Bowie Maryland. WE WANT JUSTICE FOR ADEDIRE PERIOD.”

Nobody is above the law. Ososanya was just 20-years-old. He was a promising young business student at Morgan State University. No mother should have to bury her child! Please sign the petition, it only takes a few seconds. This is our African brother. 


Reblog, repost,with the petition link, we cannot stay quiet as a community or things will never change,






article: http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/maryland/2015/12/18/20-year-old-man-killed-in-violent-head-on-crash-in-largo/77542836/


Congo: Loved ones we’ve lost and Congo: “We’re still on the run”

The words of people who lost loved ones in DR Congo due to the conflict/war caused by savage terrorist Rwandan, Ugandan and Burundian militants. Even though the war officially ended in 2003 Rwandan and Ugandan militants who are connected to their government still continue to ravage Eastern DR Congo with the help of their governments (and also the a number of countries in the West and Asia) 

To find out more about the war and the people involved view the war tag and conflict minerals tag 

*non Congolese don’t give your input, your opinions are not welcome*