March 8, 2012
From time spent in DRC (Ituri, Haut Uele, Bas Uele), I have a very poor opinion of IC. This poor opinion is shared by many colleagues in Congo. IC is known to have a lot of money at their disposal, so much that they don't spend it in an effective manner. Their radio transmitter idea sounds good, but also makes host communities ready targets for LRA attacks. There are an estimated 50 LRA in Congo, but based on statements from IC, you would think the problem is much greater. There are also about 5,000 troops (UN, FARDC, UPDF, US) in northern Congo, supposedly looking for those 50 rebels. The LRA are a problem, but IC is just wasting money and sustaining their existence. They should publish a full accounting of how much money they raise, from where it comes, and where the money is spent (i.e. how much in the USA versus how much in Congo). Think twice before giving your money to this group.
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