2009-2010 Archives for the Ohlone College World Forum

Conflict and Hope in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ohlone College World Forum: Conflict and Hope in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Since 1997 the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been experiencing a conflict that has now claimed more than 5.4 million lives, making it the war with the highest death toll of any war since World War II. What caused it? What’s fueling it? What is the impact of this conflict on the citizens of the DRC as well as the wider world? Come learn more about this devastating conflict, and what has and can be done in response.

Additional information: HEAL Africa.

A video archive of the World Forum live webcast (WMV) (requirements) is available. The video is ASL interpreted; it is not captioned and a transcript is not available.

Speaker Biography: Bridget Nolan

Bridget Nolan.Bridget Nolan is the former director of international programs at Global Strategies for HIV Prevention where she worked primarily in conflict and post-conflict settings and among refugee and other vulnerable populations. Her work has taken her to Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Her primary focus has been working in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Projects in eastern Congo provided a variety of unique experiences to Nolan, including establishing pediatric HIV treatment programs with the Clinton Foundation, working with local grassroots organizations to develop HIV Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission programs in rebel held areas and handling the logistic for and execution of a number of trainings for healthcare workers in HIV prevention and care. Nolan is particularly passionate about issues related to the health and security of women in conflict settings like eastern Congo.

In the last year, Nolan returned from six months of studying French in Paris, France, and is now awaiting security clearance to begin working with the US Department of State’s Foreign Service.

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