WALTER JAMES


WALTER JAMES

Walter James (SOS Femme en Danger – SOSFED): Walter graduated in 2006 from the University of Minnesota. Following college, he worked on international development in Haiti and Senegal, and studied human rights and international development in Senegal, Costa Rica, and Morocco. Walter first visited Eastern Congo as a 2009 Peace Fellow for The Advocacy Project, where he documented the work of civil society organizations such as SOS Femmes en Danger, Arche d’Alliance, and Tunza Mazingira. The following year, he graduated from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy with a Master’s degree in Public Policy.



30 Nov

Election Day Plus Two: Ripples of Trouble

After yesterday’s somewhat guardedly optimistic blog about Congolese Election Day, it is becoming clearer that

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29 Nov

Election Day Plus One

Well, it is Election Day Plus One in the Congo. Acting on the advice of

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Posted Nov 29, 2011

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08 Nov

Sud Kivu Election Diary IV: Joseph Kabila comes to town

Yesterday, Joseph Kabila Kabange arrived in Uvira on a presidential campaign stop.  I was able

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Posted Nov 08, 2011

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03 Nov

Sud Kivu Election Diary III: Young Democracy

In 2006, the Democratic Republic of Congo held its first multiparty elections in 46 years.

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Posted Nov 03, 2011

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31 Oct

Sud Kivu Election Diary II: In the other corner…

So, who will be running against Joseph Kabila in the presidential election? There are so

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Posted Oct 31, 2011

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28 Oct

Sud Kivu Election Diary: Part I

In less than a month, national elections are scheduled for the Congo.  Yesterday, official campaigning

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Posted Oct 28, 2011

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28 Oct

Weekend Update, Sud Kivu Edition

More news from Uvira/Fizi: On 10/24, Mai Mai rebels attacked a FARDC position in the

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Posted Oct 28, 2011

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24 Oct

Wars and Rumors of Wars

So, what is the situation in Uvira/Fizi these days?   There are wars and rumors of

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Posted Oct 24, 2011

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19 Oct

King Leopold’s ghost

‘Listen to the yell of Leopold’s ghost Burning in Hell for his hand-maimed host. Hear

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Posted Oct 19, 2011

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08 Oct

Attack on NGO vehicle in Fizi Territory

On Tuesday, October 5th, I awoke to the sounds of wailing coming from outside my

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Posted Oct 08, 2011

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07 Oct

Andrette: La Femme Initiatrice

Andrette is 38 years old, and has 2 children.  In 2010-2011, she spent three months

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Posted Oct 07, 2011

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07 Oct

Mirungi Ekyiamba: One-on-one advice

Mirungi Ekyiamba is 35 years old and is married to Bitangingwa, a very petite, pretty

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Posted Oct 07, 2011

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06 Oct

Binwa: “I live as I did before”

Binwa is 40 years old and has 5 children. In 2010-2011, she spent three months

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Posted Oct 06, 2011

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04 Oct

Introduction to Reintegration

For survivors, the experience of sexual violence causes painful and often chronic physical problems, including

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Posted Oct 04, 2011

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20 Sep

Deadly attack in Burundi

Two nights ago, a group of gunmen walked into a bar in Gatumba, Burundi.  The

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Posted Sep 20, 2011

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05 Sep

Military Justice II: The Stinky Courtroom

On Thursday, September 1st, I arrived at the military tribunal of Uvira, based on an

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Posted Sep 05, 2011

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01 Sep

SOS FED’s well

On August 15, SOS FED and the community of Mboko inaugurated a brand-new well in

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Posted Sep 01, 2011

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01 Sep

Military Justice

On Tuesday, August 30, I attended the monthly meeting of the Uvira CTLVS (Comite Territoriale

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Posted Sep 01, 2011

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29 Aug

Cradle

Uvira seems to be a rather anonymous town deep in Central East Africa. The architecture:

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Posted Aug 29, 2011

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22 Aug

UNFPA data-mapping: Where’s the Beef?

A few months ago, I wrote a couple blogs about SOS FED’s participation in a

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Posted Aug 22, 2011

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20 Aug

Braçage

Col. Kifaru Niragiye and his troops have been re-absorbed into the FARDC, with no promise

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Posted Aug 20, 2011

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18 Aug

Mboko, August 2011

The conflict, and its effects on civilians, is not quite abating in Fizi Territory. The

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Posted Aug 18, 2011

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12 Aug

Travails [originally posted 7/21/2011]

Nothing is ever that easy for an AP fellow, and the Congo is no exception.

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Posted Aug 12, 2011

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02 Aug

Yakutumba

In Fizi Territory, one of the more prolific armed groups is Mai Mai Yakutumba.  Fortunately,

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Posted Aug 02, 2011

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15 Jul

Nyakiele Pt. II

Last month I reported on an attack on the village of Nyakiele by soldiers loyal

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Posted Jul 15, 2011

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30 Jun

Independence Day

Happy Independence Day! Today, on June 30th, Congo is celebrating 51 years of independence from

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Posted Jun 30, 2011

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26 Jun

Nyakiele

In my previous blog entry, I reported about an ongoing situation in and around the

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Posted Jun 26, 2011

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25 Jun

Security Update 6-25-11

More reports on security incidents occurring this month: June 4: Monitors reported that the FDLR

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Posted Jun 25, 2011

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19 Jun

Security Update 6-19-2011

I really wish all the news I had from this part of the world wasn’t

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Posted Jun 19, 2011

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10 Jun

Reflections on Uganda and Kikoze Update

Hello all, I am back from my holiday in Uganda. It was lovely, but I’m

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Posted Jun 10, 2011

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23 May

Kampala Interlude

Greetings from Kampala. I’m taking a two-week holiday in Uganda, but I’m keeping in contact

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Posted May 23, 2011

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16 May

SOS FED staff member wounded

The violence in Fizi Territory is starting to hit close to home. On Thursday, May

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Posted May 16, 2011

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14 May

Matale, Nemba, Kikonde

Attacks on civilians may be picking up again in this part of South Kivu. There

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Posted May 14, 2011

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12 May

New study on rape in the DRC

Here is a link to the NY Times article on a study soon to be

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Posted May 12, 2011

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07 May

Deep thoughts

So, I am about four months into my 12-month stint here in the Congo. It

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Posted May 07, 2011

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30 Apr

Corrections, updates, commentary

There are a few corrections to my coverage of the Kikoze mass rape incident: -I

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Posted Apr 30, 2011

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23 Apr

MONUSCO response to the Kikoze mass rape

On 4-21-11 I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with a MONUSCO official

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Posted Apr 23, 2011

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19 Apr

Start your engines

Great news: SOS FED, The Advocacy Project, and ifa-Zivik are entering into the next phase

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Posted Apr 19, 2011

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09 Apr

Kikoze 3-26-11 [post modified on 5-22-11]

On March 31st, an attack on civilians occurred in the village of Kikoze, in the

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Posted Apr 09, 2011

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07 Apr

Imbu

Currently it is rainy season in Uvira, so the weather is hot, humid, and sticky.

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Posted Apr 07, 2011

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02 Apr

UNFPA data-mapping project: Are you in?

In my last blog entry, I wrote about a UNFPA data-mapping project that is being

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Posted Apr 02, 2011

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01 Apr

The CTLVS and a lesson in economics

On March 23, I attended my first CTLVS (Commission Territoriale sur la Lutte contre la

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Posted Apr 01, 2011

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24 Mar

“A New Phase of Brutality”

There is evidence of a growing humanitarian crisis in Fizi Territory. I have been attending

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Posted Mar 24, 2011

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17 Mar

Karibu Berlin

Good news: the German Embassy in Kigali gave Marceline her Schengen visa, so she will

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Posted Mar 17, 2011

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14 Mar

“Morphology and Resentment”

South Kivu is home to quite a few ethnic groups, and with any area with

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Posted Mar 14, 2011

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13 Mar

Security briefing

On February 28th, a vehicle belonging to CCAP, a local NGO based in Uvira, was

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Posted Mar 13, 2011

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05 Mar

Good News

Good news: Colonel Kibibi Mutware, the ex-CNDP Amani Leo commander who led his troops on

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Posted Mar 05, 2011

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18 Feb

How I learned to stop worrying and love the EU

I admire the European Union for many reasons: their strong currency, the ease of travel

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Posted Feb 18, 2011

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18 Feb

The War on Women’s Bodies

Today Amisi, Marceline, and I are getting together a list of supplies we will be

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Posted Feb 18, 2011

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13 Feb

Head of State

Yesterday my friend Vincent told me that Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down as Egypt’s leader,

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Posted Feb 13, 2011

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26 Jan

Mass Rape in Fizi

A fight breaks out in a bar in the dark of the night in the

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Posted Jan 26, 2011

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22 Jan

Time To Vote

A presidential election is supposed to occur in 2011, and current president Joseph Kabila faces

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Posted Jan 22, 2011

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21 Jan

Greetings from Uvira

So, here I am in Uvira, South Kivu Province, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Things

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Posted Jan 21, 2011

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05 Dec

Return

Kitagi miyazi, rafiki yangu.  So, I am headed back to the Congo.  After three months

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Posted Dec 05, 2010

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