University of Northern Iowa: ALLOW MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR CONGO
  • Petitioned University of Northern Iowa President

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Ben Allen
University of Northern Iowa President
John Eby
UNI Athletics Department - Director of Marketing
Troy Dannen
Director of Athletics
Eric Hrubes
UNI Assistant Director of Marketing
Sports Info
UNI Athletics Communications Office
Jan Hanish
UNI Assistant VP Outreach & Special Programs
Colin McDonough
UNI Assistant Athletics Director for Athletics Communications

University of Northern Iowa: ALLOW MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR CONGO

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      Friends of the Congo

From a desire to participate in the internationally recognized Congo Week during the third week of October this year, University of Northern Iowa (UNI) STAND Chapter has requested that a moment of silence be observed at a University of Northern Iowa football game. 

This addition to a week-long series of events to raise awareness about the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been denied for an unexplained reason.  When pressed several times for a more complete explanation of the denial, the UNI Athletics Department has largely ignored this question.   

The crisis in the DRC has cost the lives over at least 6 million people and seen thousands of women, men, and children raped as a weapon of war.  The situation continues to this day.  By recognizing these victims at these events we are helping give a voice to the Congolese people and express our solidarity for their struggle.  There has been a virtual blackout in the media of this problem that is fueled by our very own laptops, cell phones, and many other electronic devices through conflict minerals like gold, tungsten, tin, and tantalum. 

Please urge the UNI Athletics Department to reconsider our request for a simple moment of silence to respect our brothers and sisters of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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    • DARIL BOSANGA BONGELO CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I WANT TO FIND MORE ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS IN MY COUNTRY SITUATION. FOR THE GENOCIDE AND RAPES; CHILDREN ABUSE AND VIOLATION. THAT'S MY PAIN

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    • Franklin Katunda BEDFORD, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      I think the University is trying to prevent the student body to do what it feels it needed to do to create awareness on what has been an somewhat "ignored" or under-reported humanitarian tragedy that involved, at the International level, the death of Thousands of Rwandans, Congolese, UN Peacekeepers and also armed-elements from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi...who died at the heart of The whole region of the Great Lakes. For the University of Northern-Iowa to come to such decision reveals the hypocrisy, a lack of good judgment on whether to stand for what is human, is noble, and fair to do. I worked with folks from the University during the 2007-2008 primaries when they were fervent supporters of candidate Barack Obama because of what he said he stands for. Students of this school are deserving my support in this battle for recognition, which will set a stage to other Schools around the country to emulate.

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    • Francisco Pires ESPINHO, PORTUGAL
      • almost 3 years ago

      If we don't do it, nobody did.

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    • Etienne Matanda MARION, NC
      • almost 3 years ago

      It's only 60 seconds, but probably the students and the faculty are not well informed about the repercussions of an unstable DR Congo to the National Security of the USA. Although Uranium needs to be processed before being used, I'd like to remind my American friends that among terrorists and their sympathizers, there are some people who could do that, so it's very important that we get informed and act upon any information regarding Congo as well as the human tragedy happening there!

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    • Ifeyinwa Amalu ROWLEY, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The travesty in DR Congo affects us all!

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