In contemporary African wars women continue to play a variety of crucial roles, and yet they remain invisible to the world. Only a handful of researchers and journalists have appreciated the importance of women in these conflicts, and the way in which gender stereotypes continue to mask their involvement.
Mambasa was once the most peaceful territory in Province Orientale in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Over the last nine months, however, a simmering land conflict has resulted in a brutal militia carrying out attacks of astonishing inhumanity, targeting the local community and the park rangers who patrol the vast Ituri rainforest tracking poachers.
This is the incredible story of Kibomango, the Congolese national boxing champion.
He is a former child soldier who marched 2,000 miles to Kinshasa with the forces of Laurent-Desiré Kabila to unseat dictator Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997.
He lost his left eye there, but later became the Congolese boxing champion....
The Syrian crisis has extended to Lebanon, and Tripoli is the new trench of the armed uprising to overthrow Assad. The front line is Syria Street. It separates Jabal Mohsen, an Alawite enclave loyal to Assad, perched on a hill in the East of Tripoli, and Bab al-Tabbaneh, a stronghold of supporters of the Syrian opposition.
Ja is 29 years old and lives in a small fishing village in front of the Atlantic Ocean, Ribeira da Barca, on the island of Santiago, Cape Verde.
The life of the country goes with the rhythm of the ocean, and the community formed by a few thousand people, has always enjoyed an abundance of fish resources.
Ja is not a ‘peixera’, the matron who collects and manages the fish, Ja does not sell fish, and sometimes doesn’t even eat it.
Ja, like hundreds of other women and men of Ribeira da Barca, cannot rely upon fish for their income and so have changed job; now they illegally sell the sand from the beaches.