Hip Hop artists are breaking the silence about the violence and genocide that is occurring in The Congo in Africa. Homeboy Sandman, Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Pharoah Monch, Brand Nubian and others are speaking out against the unpublicized brutality in one of the world’s largest and most fertile rain forests. Millions are dying, children are being forced into armed militias for the convenience and entertainment of the Western world.

National and global media are ignoring the rape and murder of women and children in the Congo for the purpose of regulating that country’s natural resources and minerals. These resources, which include precious metals such as gold, platinum, and palladium, are the same metals that are used in the manufacturing of cell phones, laptops, iPads, and iPods.

“It’s unbelievable…the numbers”, says Sandman. “This is holocaust status and nobody is talking about it because it’s Black people.”

Some artists have even specified the blame to the US, who is one of the world’s top consumers of these products. “The United States promotes the violence in order to have access to the minerals of the country”, says Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian.

The artists have come together to combat this injustice in an organization called Friends Of the Congo. Anyone looking to add on this cause should go to: http://www.FriendsOftheCongo.org

-Sha Be Allah (@KingPenStatus)