Political tensions have taken a dramatic turn in Congo. Since late April, Congolese officials have arrested an American citizen working as a security consultant to opposition leader and presidential candidate Moise Katumbi. Congolese officials subsequently tear gassed, assaulted, and issued an arrest warrant for Katumbi, who they have charged with hiring mercenaries as part of a plot against President Kabila. Katumbi was flown to South Africa, where he remains hospitalized from injuries obtained during the assault. Meanwhile, peaceful protesters across the DRC are being subjected to similar tactics including tear gas and the use of live ammunition against protesters. Attacks against civilians in Beni, North Kivu, continue unabated, with more than 50 civilians brutally massacred in May alone.

Please join us on Thursday, June 2 at 3:00 PM EST for a conference call with experts and Panzi Foundation USA Board Members Anthony Gambino and Nita Evele. Mr. Gambino is the former USAID Mission Director in the Congo with over 35 years of experience in the DRC and Central Africa. Ms. Evele is the Director for Congo Global Action, and is a leader in Congolese civil society and diaspora. The call will focus on analysis of the escalating political crisis in the DRC. A moderated Q&A will follow opening remarks. This call will be off the record.

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