4th Annual Chris Gray Memorial Lecture and Congo Wars Conference

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

4th Annual Chris Gray Memorial Lecture Speaker: Solange Ghonda, Congo's Ambassador for Children, followed by a Conference: " The Wars of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Survival and Social Change Amidst Devastation"

Conference parking: 6th floor of the Red Garage, located on the FIU entrance on 109th Avenue and SW 8th Street.

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This conference addresses the social crises wrought by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s wars, which have raged in the country continuously since 1996. From 1996 to 2011, the DRC wars have involved the intervention of several neighboring states, the emergence of rebel armies that have sought to seize control of resources and of the state, and the advent of local militias created for both predation and protection. The social costs have been devastating. The conflicts have caused more deaths - estimates range to over 5 million - than any violent conflict since World War II. Meanwhile, the wars have shredded the social and political fabric of the eastern region, environmental devastation have led to the emergence of new forms of spirituality, new techniques for survival amidst chaos, and new patters of state-society relations. The papers presented a this conference shed light on the social and political transformations that have accompanied the long years of war in the DRC.

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