Letters to Representatives/Senators

by Lorraine, NeoVox Project Director, April 26, 2010

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[Print these letters out, fill in your Representative and/or Senators name, and mail it out to help the situation in the DRC]

Dear Representative/Senator ____________________,

I am writing to you to express the urgency felt by many regarding the passing of S. 1067: Lord's Resistance Army: Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009.

I would like to bring attention to the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). It was formed in 1987 and since then, has been rebelling against the Ugandan government operating in parts of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In December 2009, the LRA slaughtered 321 people in the Congo: the Makombo massacre. Many people are not aware of such a travesty and it is our duty to broaden the horizons of those ignorant to this reality.

We are tremendously concerned due to the rising number of Lord's Resistance Army members in the Congo and the violence committed against the women in the Congo. It is more than vital that this bill is passed because it will support lasting peace and protection of citizens in Uganda and areas affected by Lord's Resistance Army, especially the DRC. The sexual brutality upon the women of the Congo, as a means of war, is unfathomable to those of us in the United States. The rape that has occurred to these women; the rape of their independence, self worth and bodies, must be promptly reversed by any means possible.

I urge you to vote in favor of S. 1067: Lord's Resistance Army: Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009 (or its House counterpart). We need to bring harmony to those who have been burdened by the Lord's Resistance Army, especially to the women of the Congo.

Thank you for your time.


Dear Representative/Senator ____________________,

I am writing to you to express the necessity to pass the Conflict Minerals Trade Act of 2009.

The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo have suffered years upon years of severe wars and now have to agonize about a war over mineral resources.

This bill will monitor the mining and distribution of minerals from the Congo and make sure that the mineral is "conflict free". The trade of minerals such as tin ore, tantalite and tungsten (the three T's) are a focal source of funding for armed groups in the Congo. This is the same armed group that commits atrocities through sexual violence against the women of the DRC.

The Democratic Republic of Congo produces less than 1% of tin ore, tantalite and tungsten, yet it is illegally smuggled into their country by armed forces of bordering countries such as Rwanda and Uganda resulting in approximately 75% of the world's mineral supply of the three T's. These minerals are found in electronic objects such as cell phones and laptops; this increases the need for consumer obtainment and provides such a vast income for the militia, it encourages the mineral war by any means.
I urge you to vote for the passing of this bill; it is exceptionally imperative to not only the citizens of the Congo but especially the women. There cannot be a violent war and carnage of innocent lives because of consumer greed.

Thank you for your time.


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