Jacob's Opinion


Another Rwandan Genocide?

Posted by Jacob Jacob on August 29, 2010 at 1:03 PM Comments comments (0)


When I conducted field studies in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo at different periods between 2008 and early 2010, I met and discussed with several Rwandan Hutus. They repeatedly told me (across four towns in Uvira, Mwenga, Fizi and Walungu) that a genocide has been and was still being committed against Hutus by the Rwandan army and the Tutsi-led CNDP, generally believed to be backed by the Rwandan Government. A number of Congolese autochthons in those towns...

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The Killing of Indian Peacekeepers

Posted by Jacob Jacob on August 18, 2010 at 1:13 PM Comments comments (0)


It was another sad day for the UN last Wednesday when three Peacekeepers were killed in North Kivu, eastern DRC. Seven others were seriously wounded in a pre-dawn attack by militias suspected to be members of the Mai Mai armed group in Kirumba. The attack took place in one of MONUSCO's Company Operating Bases (COB) - the 19 Kumaon Regiment in Kirumba. The base which has about 130 peacekeepers was attacked by about 60 militias with matchetes, spears and locally built guns....

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The Trial of Thomas Lubanga

Posted by Jacob Jacob on August 17, 2010 at 9:39 PM Comments comments (0)


On August 17, 2010, judges at the International Criminal Court sitting in the Hague granted victims participating in the trial of Thoms Lubanga the right to be part of the prosecution's appeal against the release of the former warlord.


Thomas Lubanga is standing trial at the ICC for crimes against humanity, relating particularly to his alleged enlisting, conscription and use of underaged children in war between 2002 and 2003 in Ituri - north eastern part of the...

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Changing Faces and Phases of Behaviour Change Communications

Posted by Jacob Jacob on August 9, 2010 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)


I came across a very interesting photo-article on the BBC news website today on the changing face of health campaigns.


It is interesting how normative appeals have changed over the years. I agree with Dr. Laragh Gollogly of WHO that it is easier to evaluate impacts of commercial advertising than impacts of health campaigns or public information operations for that matter. How do you mea...

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Between MONUC and MONUSCO: What's in a name?

Posted by Jacob Jacob on July 30, 2010 at 9:44 PM Comments comments (0)


The UN Mission in the DRC has entered the stabilisation phase. MONUC's mandate came to an end on June 30th. But so far, the only visible element of the transition is the change of name to MONUSCO (UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Congo) and the withdrawal of 2000 troops.


DRC President Joseph Kabila has been keen to get the UN out of his country, not necessarily because he's convinced the job's done, but because he thinks he can do with less int...

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