Leadership

Carrie Crawford
Chairperson
Attorney Carrie Crawford is co-founder and Chair of the Friends of the Congo. She has been an aggressive advocate for  immigrants rights in the United States and has litigated numerous cases pertaining to humanitarian international law.   As a practicing attorney, she has served as General Counsel for organizations providing  services for the protection of human and civil rights of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable populations including the Institute on African Affairs and JurisAids. 

Attorney Crawford has served as a technical advisor to government on environmental issues.  And was co-chair of the American Bar Association Africa Subcommittee which organized official delegations to South Africa and Nigeria.  She is an Executive Board member of Congo Global Action and a member of the African Judicial Network.   She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and Morgan State University.  She is admitted in Maryland and the District of Columbia. 


Paul Pumphrey
Co-Founder
Paul Anthony Pumphrey has been an organizer and activist for over forty years.  In 1998, Mr. Pumphrey co-founded Brothers and Sisters International (BASI) as a 501 C3 non-profit organization whose focus is economic development and human rights in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa.  

Mr. Pumphery’s political work spans over four decades.  In 1968, ‘78, ’83 and ‘88  Mr. Pumphrey was a deputy coordinator of crowd control for the Southern Christian Leadership’s (SCLC) Marchs on Washington; and for the Stand for Children March in 1997. He volunteered with Jesse Jackson’s 1984 and 1988 bid for the US Presidency; and the Ron Daniel’s 1992 bid for the US Presidency.


Maurice Carney
Executive Director
Maurice Carney is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo. He has worked with Congolese for over fifteen years in their struggle for peace, justice and human dignity.

Mr. Carney possesses two bachelors degrees, a masters degree and is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science. He has worked with civic associations in West Africa providing training on research methodology and survey. He served as the interim Africa working group coordinator for Reverend Jesse Jackson while he was Special Envoy to Africa. Mr. Carney has worked as a research analyst for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and as a research consultant for the Congressional Black Caucus.

He has provided analysis on the Congo for Al Jazeera, ABC News, Democracy Now, Real News Network, Pambazuka News, All Africa News, and a host of other media outlets.


Kambale Musavuli
Spokesperson & Student Coordinator
Kambale Musavuli, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a human rights activist, Student Coordinator and National Spokesperson with the Friends of the Congo. He has written for The Washington Post, Foreign Policy in Focus, The Huffington Post and numerous other academic and news publications. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio, Democracy Now, ABC News, Al Jazeera English Television, Radio France International and a myriad of radio and television programs. He has been featured in documentaries such as Iara Lee’s “Cultures of Resistance,” Martin Scorsese’s “Surviving Progress,” and the film “Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth.”

Mr. Musavuli was profiled by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in “Community in Action,” a campaign to bring public awareness to individuals who have chosen to “take action to confront genocide and related crimes against humanity today.”

In 2009, he also received a Congolese Hero Award, by the Congolese Development Center National Awards Program. The CDC, Inc. provides awards annually to exceptionally successful Congolese for their initiatives or achievements. The awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding community contributions/ achievements.

Mr. Musavuli continues to tour the United States, Canada, and Africa speaking to university students, religious groups, global leaders, community organizers and many others in an effort to generate support for the people of the Congo and educate the global community about the challenges of the Congo, in order to mobilize support for organizations inside the Congo.

Mr. Musavuli has served as a research consultant for a number of film projects, socially responsible investor groups and government agencies. His ultimate aim is to mobilize the global community to help bring an end to the conflict in the Congo and provide support to the people of the Congo as they strive to control their enormous natural wealth; and build lasting peace and stability in the heart of Africa. 


Bibiane Aningina Tshefu
Women's Coordinator
Aningina Tshefu Bibiane has a BA in Social work and Community Development. She is an expert and activist on women’s rights with specific focus on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and sexual violence in Africa. She is dedicated to the struggle for change in the lives of Congolese women. Ms Tshefu holds a certificate in transitional justice (2007) and peace building (2002 and 2007); prepared the civil society training programme for the International Criminal Court; provided coaching to Congolese women to support and promote political participation for the peace process; and legal support for the new law on sexual violence in Congo.

With over 10 years experience of research and advocacy as a consultant working in the area of women, peace and security for the implementation of UN SCR 1325, she raises awareness of the consequences of the proliferation of small arms and links to violations of women’s human rights, sexual violence and impunity.

Born in Okolo in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prior to the death of Mobutu Sese Seko, she attended University at Kinshasa and subsequently attended Universite Libre in Brussels, Belgium between 1986 and 1989.  She received her license in Social Work, Community Development, and Social Cultural Facilitation in 1989 and returned to DRC where she was an advisor to various government ministers, including the Minister for the Status of Women and the Minister of Justice.

In 1994, she moved to the USA and became a consultant for various international non-governmental organizations (NGO) and the United Nations (UN). During this time the primary focus of Ms. Tshefu’s work has been development of local NGOs working on women‘s human rights and children’s issues in Africa, and increasing the visibility of Congolese women.

Her accomplishments include: her leadership role in the NGO coalition which successfully advocated for the adoption of UN SCR 1325; securing recognition of Congolese women representatives during the 2002 Inter-Congolese Dialogue which led to the first, countrywide elections in 2006; and her leadership role in the worldwide NGO coalition, which, in March, 2007, adopted the Nairobi Declaration On Women’s and Girls’ Right To A Remedy and Reparation.

Ms. Tshefu is a co-founder of the RAF (Reseau Action Femmes Kinshasa) in 1994 and of the Caucus des Femmes in Nairobi 2002, and the Dynamique des Femmes Politiques. Between 2002-2007 she was a permanent consultant to the UN gender Office in Congo and, in 2003, led a UNDP assignment to evaluate the implementation of the UNSCR 1325 in the Mano River and Great Lakes countries.

Ms Tshefu is a member of IANSA with particular focus on the IANSA Women’s Network; the coalition for Women’s Human rights in Conflicts situations; the focal point of Women as Partner for Peace in Africa (WOPPA)/DRC and various Congolese women’s organizations in New York. At the UN she is a spokesperson on their behalves. As part of the New York branch of WILPF she attended the 10th anniversary of V/Day and started a project to raise awareness about sexual violence in Congo.


Bodia Macharia
President, FOTC Canada
Bodia Macharia is an executive member of the Graduate Students' Union at the University of Toronto as well as a member of the International Solidarity Committee of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Ontario Division. She also serves as the President of Friends of Congo, Canada. She was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo where she spent most of her early life. She is PhD candidate at the University of Toronto.

Her research interests include examining various aspects of subjectivity in contemporary francophone literature of black diaspora. She has authored articles and presented communications on Congolese women, gendered resistance, identity politics, myths and symbols, as well as narratologic analysis in post-colonial narratives. She wrote “Political Economy of the Assassination of Patrice Emery Lumumba: The Implication of Belgium, the CIA and the US” as the capstone thesis to earn her Bachelor degree from the Applied Political economy track of International Studies at the University of Arizona.


Francine Mukwaya
United Kingdom Representative, Friends of the Congo
Francine Mukwaya is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  She is a human rights activist who is studying psychology and counseling therapy at Salford Manchester University in England. Ms. Mukwaya lived in Algeria with her family before they moved to England where she completed her secondary school. Miss Francine has dedicated her life to working with people with behaviour challenges as a result of sexual, physical and psychological abuse. Currently she is working with people with mental health challenges who are mostly victims of war and other causes mental health. In 2013, Francine took part in leadership training at Kimpa Vita Institute. Francine holds a certificate in leadership, gender inequality, first aid, professional boundaries and high education diploma in psychology and health studies which she completed at Bolton University.

She has worked with people with learning difficulties and autistic children. She worked as a support worker in African community supporting African parents who have disable children in North east of England. Francine has been awarded with YMCA Search project and Millennium bridge organisation both based in north east of England (Newcastle) the achievement recognise individuals who have completed a voluntary work and made outstanding contributions in the community. Francine has been interviewed on National radio such Radio M’bote la voix de l’afrique in diaspora based in Brussel, Galaxy Radio and resonance both based in London. Francine has provided voice-over service on an upcoming action movie about the Congo.

As a senior in university, Francine seeks to understand how neuroanatomy and neurophysiology inform psychology and how war affect behaviour. She also seeks to further develop her understanding of the role of neuropharmacology within psychology. She chose this module specifically to critically evaluate a range of issues related to mental health with respect to needs of several disadvantages groups in society (e.g. black people, women victim of sexual abuse, deaf people, disable and children raise in violence environment such as war zone) and the module will help her to analyse the psychological and support needs of a range of client groups that use psychological services, taking into account, where possible, the perspectives of user groups.

Francine presents to UK Universities about the challenges of the Congo. Francine's dream is to educate the global community about the challenges of the Congo and mobilize support for Congolese youth striving for social change inside the country.



Samya Lugoma
Student Coordinator
Samya Lugoma is a community organizer, she was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and was raised in Canada. She is an Alumna of the Kimpa Vita Leadership Institute. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate in Psychology and Sociology. Throughout her University years, she has dedicated much of her time to raising awareness on the conflict in Congo and mobilizing students in Canada as well as in the United States to support social change in the Congo.

Her experience as a first generation immigrant motivated her to be engaged in her community and find inspiration in the youth around her. In fact, her biggest inspiration are African youth and their ability to build a creative space where they can express themselves and be understood. Whether it is mentoring young newcomers or after school homework programs, Ms. Lugoma is dedicated to engaging the youth in her community and finding new alternative ways to educate in order to bring positive and lasting change. Ms Lugoma has written for Pambazuka News and All Africa News.


Mr. Kambale Musavuli is a Congolese activist, student coordinator and spokesperson of Friends of the Congo. He has written for the Washington Post, Pambazuka News, Huffington Post and numerous other online publications. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio, Democracy Now, ABC News, Al Jazeera, Radio France International and myriad radio and television programs throughout the globe. He has toured the North America and Africa speaking to university students, religious groups, elected officials, community organizers and many others in an effort to generate support for the people of the Congo. Musavuli’s ultimate aim is to mobilize the global community to help bring an end to the conflict in the Congo and provide support to the people of the Congo as they strive to control their enormous natural wealth and build lasting peace and stability in the heart of Africa.