Friends of the Congo’ speaker addresses current tragedy

The African Student Association hosted a guest speaker to inform the Seton Hall campus about the on-going crisis in the Congo on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Maurice Carney, co-founder of Friends of the Congo, is an expert on the topic, according to ASA member Faith Njoku.

The “African World War” in the Congo is responsible for more than 5 million deaths, most of which were innocent citizens, according to Njoku.

“The experience this man and his team have is phenomenal,” Njoku said. “He (Carney) is a very passionate man regarding his stance on change and making a difference and I honestly feel the community needs more people like Carney to speak and educate.”

Most Congolese people have died to curable diseases and malnutrition, most likely resulting from social and economic disturbances in the region. Women and children suffer from brutal attacks daily basis, according to Njoku.

“I truly feel more help must go out to the people in the Congo,” Njoku said. “I cannot imagine what those human beings living through this extremely harsh life must experience.”

The African Student Association said it believes that having Carney as a guest speaker will be advantageous to the Seton Hall community and hopefully the people of the Congo.

Members of the African Student Association feel that educating Seton Hall students on the issues in the Congo is a step in the right direction.

According to Faith, exposing people to the harsh realities that the Congolese people face will motivate the community to reach out and make a difference.

For more information on the crisis, contact the African Student Association at (973) 761-9076 or send an email to

Samantha Massei can be reached at

Author: Staff Writer

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