Congo’s Invisible War

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Wiener Auditorium (Taubman Building, ground floor)
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Photo Credit: Finbarr O'Reilly

Panel Discussion:

Congo’s Invisible War


Finbarr O'Reilly

Nieman Fellow '13 
Reuters Chief Photographer, West and Central Africa, Dakar, Senegal

 Dr. Jennifer Leaning

Director, Harvard François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights
FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Roger-Claude Liwanga

Congolese Human Rights Lawyer
Visiting Scholar, Boston University

This event is co-sponsored by:

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
The FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy
The HKS Human Rights PIC

 Discussion Overview:

As the war in the Congo rages on, much of the world is silent to the staggering 5.4 million casualties. 2006 World Press Photo of the Year winner Finbarr O'Reilly has been documenting this conflict for over a decade, and will be presenting images and stories from the front lines. Dr. Jennifer Leaning has been conducting research and working to ameliorate lateral effects of conflict, namely gender-based violence. Roger-Claude Liwanga is working to end the labor and sex trafficking of children in the artisanal mines, where an estimated 40% of the laborers are children.

Reception and Exhibition:

This event will be preceded by a reception and exhibition of the work of international award-winning photojournalist Finbarr O'Reilly. The exhibition, which has been displayed in the U.S. and Canda, is titled "Congo on the Wire." The reception and exhibition will take place at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (floor 2 of the Rubenstein Building) from 4:30 to 5:45 pm.

As with the event itself, the reception and exhibition are open to all.

Contact: Lise King,, (617) 495-8128.

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