Dear Mr. President
Three weeks ago thousands of you demanded that Ambassador Rice Stop M23.
Today, we join 14 global organizations in making your demands official, and getting them on a very important desk.
It is working. And it is because of you.
First, thank you. This letter is powerful.
Then, follow us for updates, donate for our partners affected by M23 violence last week, buy a whistle and use it as a tool.
Every single day, you have conversations. Elevate Congo. Speak for peace in the deadliest war of our time.
A week ago, the Falling Whistles team launched the #StopM23 campaign. It has been one of our largest grassroots and strategic advocacy projects to date.
So far, we’ve been able to educate thousands on the current conflict, a large majority of which have shared the campaign and spread the message to their communities. We’ve been pushing heavily towards the halls of power to spark diplomatic action.
This is our most recent information of progress:
M23 has withdrawn to new positions 20 km outside of Goma. Congolese police and army have returned to the city.
M23’s rebel leaders are en route to Kampala to begin negotiations with Congo’s President Joseph Kabila. Experts call this round of talks a “diplomatic front.”
More European countries are pulling their aid to Uganda, citing the country’s misallocation of funds.
The IMF suspended $500 million in loans to Congo
The governments of Rwanda and Uganda are now facing substantial budget cuts. The cuts to Rwanda’s aid equals 1.5% of its GDP.
US policymakers are getting dialed in. There are new “Dear Colleague” letters circulating in the House, and a Senate hearing is rumored to be in the works.
We do not stop here. Keep spreading the word: StopM23.com
Photos from the protest at the Peace Market in South Kivu.
Last week, the Falling Whistles coalition rose to protest. In the urgent and limited time we had, we shared the story the American media has not. Millions of people saw the #STOPM23 campaign because thousands of you tweeted Ambassasor Rice and posted status updates on Facebook.
It is working. Here’s what’s happened;
- The United Kingdom has frozen $33 million in aid to Rwanda.
- Germany froze $16 million in aid to Uganda over its support for M23.
- The Senate has passed an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill, authorizing the President & Secretary of State to pass sanctions against M23 supporters. They still have not called out the Rwandan officials supporting M23 by name.
- The UN Security Council enacted targeted sanctions against Baudoin Ngaruye and Innocent Kaina. Both are former CNDP rebels integrated into the Congolese army under the March 23, 2009 peace deal. The Security Council still hasn’t sanctioned any Rwandan officials named in the UN Group of Experts reports.
- The UN Group of Experts has found even more extensive evidence of Rwanda and Uganda backing, equipping, and commanding M23 forces.
- M23 invaded a displacement camp the Falling Whistles team recently visited in Mugunga, a deadly displacement camp of conflict refugees. Six women were raped in the raid.
- Over the weekend, M23 engaged in a looting spree and a campaign of assassinations in Goma.
- As part of its looting spree, M23 invaded our partner CAMME’s rehabilitation center for war affected children, attacking the night guard, and stealing $2500 in equipment. Fortunately, no children were harmed or abducted.
It does not end here, keep spreading the word: StopM23.com