Laura Miller Laura Miller, Senior Program Officer Laura Miller’s stories DR Congo: Simple things can make the biggest difference in the DRC June 19, 2009 When asked by family or friends after a field visit, "How was your trip?" or "What's new in Africa?" I'm often guilty of giving oversimplified responses, though I realize our programmes go way beyond "fine" and "interesting." DR Congo: Congo's "conflict charcoal" June 17, 2009 Most people have heard of conflict or "blood" diamonds, but fewer may be aware of conflict charcoal. The charcoal trade in Congo's North Kivu Province is primarily controlled by a long-standing rebel group. Much of the charcoal in Goma is produced from trees in Virunga National Park.