Maria Lange
Maria Lange is a peacebuilding and conflict resolution expert with seven years’ experience working in the Great Lakes region (Burundi and DRC). At present, she is the DRC country manager for the peacebuilding organisation International Alert and is based in Goma.

Entries by Maria Lange

How Cross-Border Trade Is Empowering Women and Fostering Peace in DRC

(0) Comments | Posted 10 March 2014 | (16:32)


Despite the vast mineral wealth of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), its people are some of the poorest in the world. Decades of conflict have left the country devastated. And although the M23 rebel movement was defeated in November last year, armed groups...

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Will Declarations Between Kinshasa, M23 Herald Peace for DRC?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 December 2013 | (11:14)

After a year of armed clashes, mixed with stop-start discussions in Kampala, the government of the DRC and the M23 have finally signed their peace 'declarations'. This comes after the military defeat of M23 by the Congolese army at the start of November, assisted by the UN Force...

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Series of Photo Stories Make Local Voices Heard on DRC Conflict

(0) Comments | Posted 6 December 2013 | (16:14)

Torn apart by 20 years of conflict, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the most violence-stricken parts of the world. In a region with colossal economic potential, many armed groups regularly engage in fighting with devastating consequences for the local populations.

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One Chapter of War in DRC May Be Over, But What Now for Peace?

(0) Comments | Posted 8 November 2013 | (08:55)

There has been renewed hope for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this week. A series of military victories by the Congolese troops (FARDC) has resulted in the surrender of the M23, a rebel group that was created in 2012 in response to what they considered...

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Democratic Republic of Congo: New Peace Framework Requires Shared Vision

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2013 | (09:48)

The latest agreement for peace in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) offers a fresh and much needed glimmer of hope for ordinary Congolese citizens suffering from two decades of violence.

Signed by 11 African heads of state on Sunday 24th February, the Peace and Security Cooperation Framework for...

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