Thomas Isidore Noel Sankara (1949 – 1987)


Tout homme qui est un vrai homme doit apprendre  à rester seul au milieu de tous, à  penser seul pour tous et au besoin contre tous”      Romain Rolland

                          Welcome to

              the Great Lakes Network

Great Lakes Network is a grass-roots, unfunded and independent think tank in search of answers for peace and prosperity in central Africa. GLN is an initiative that is supported by the Congolese Solidarity Campaign of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and by the host website of All articles and documentaries produced for GLN will be tagged GLN. These can be accessed at the bottom of the screen under Categories.

We are all independent free-thinking individuals. Any articles published under GLN are the views and opinions of that particular author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of all the contributors or supporters of GLN.

We aim to discuss and explore the recent history of the Great Lakes region, focusing on the nations of DRC, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, with a strong attention to identifying and exposing the external players (foreign governments, foreign militaries, mercenaries, multinational corporations, the United Nations, etc.) and with peripheral attention to the neighboring countries (e.g. Congo-Brazzaville, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Angola, Gabon, Namibia, and South Africa) that have played major roles in the violence and plunder in the four primary Great Lakes countries. Our intention is to analyse the conflicts, genocide and resources theft that have kept the Eastern Congo and border regions in a near total state of violence and anarchy for the past 25 years. We will also address the crimes that took place in Rwanda, specifically from the primary international crime of invasion in October 1990 to the so called “100 days of genocide” in 1994, and this will include analyses of the falsified narratives and exploration of the actual events involving war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. We will also address the political economy of the mass media.

How do people reconcile themselves with such a history, how can this region, this heart of Africa be healed and made whole again?

The Rwandan and Congolese in exile cannot return home while the politics of these countries remains the same. How do we make the world aware of a tragedy that is beyond the imagination of most people? How is it that the world walks by, cell phone and laptop in hand,  when that technology would not be possible without Congolese minerals? And yet the DRC is ranked the second poorest nation in the world.

The politics and economics of this world have clearly failed. It is time for us to find a new politics and a new financial system with which African nations are free to govern and to be the beneficiaries of their resources.

In the words of S`bu Zikode :

                                 PHAMBILI GREAT LAKES NETWORK !


                                                                                    GLN Advisory Board

Primary Honorary Advisor

S`bu Zikode

founder of Abahlali baseMjondolo

Dean Henderson , author of

Big Oil & Their Bankers In The Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network; The Federal Reserve Cartel; The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries

Patrick Mbeko, author of

Stratégie du chaos et du mensonge: Poker menteur en Afrique des Grands Lacs; Le Canada et le Pouvoir Tutsi du Rwanda: Deux décennies de complicité criminelle en Afrique centrale; Objectif Kadhafi: 42 ans de guerres secrètes contre le Guide de la Jamahiriya arabe libyenne.

Keith Harmon Snow

Keith Harmon Snow is the 2009 Regent’s Lecturer in Law & Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, recognized for over a decade of work challenging the establishment narratives on war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, work that was primarily focused on the Great Lakes countries. He has worked in 26 countries in Africa. An award-winning photojournalist and war correspondent, he has traveled widely in the DRC, documenting atrocities and investigating multinational interests. Keith is the author of the book: The Worst Interests of the Child and some of his photography from Central Africa can be seen on the Social Documentary Network. He is persona non grata in Rwanda and Ethiopia, and has been banned for life from Smith College.

Lawrence Freeman

Political- Economic Analyst for Africa

is an outspoken opponent of the current policies of colonialism that the IMF and World Bank have insisted on for the last 25 years. He is a highly respected researcher, writer, and speaker on a variety of topics concerning Africa. An outspoken critic of the ICC attacks on African countries, Freeman led a delegation of American State Legislators to Sudan, who subsequently exposed the charges that the Khartoum government was engaged in slavery as fraudulent. He accurately identified the Obama Administration’s pretense of supplying energy with its “Power Africa” policy as a total hoax. Insisting that Africa no longer be forced to live in a dark age, he has consistently brought African governments a roadmap for transformative infrastructure projects. As the author of dozens of articles and reports on Africa, having travelled to the continent 25 times, Freeman served as a member of AFRICOM’s Advisory Committee under U.S. General Kip Ward. Most recently, he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Lake Chad Basin Scientific Committee and is currently working on a project to replenish the shrinking Lake Chad.

 Nicoletta Fagiolo



                                       Our Charter

Our goal is to establish  international dialogue, an indaba on the peace and prosperity of the Great Lakes Region. Our work is focussed on the Democratic Republic of Congo, this being the heart of the African continent. We intend to find ideas and solutions with which political and economic reform will allow for the Congolese people to benefit from the wealth of their homeland.

GLN is an information network where we can learn from the mistakes of the past and analyse current political and economic systems, how and why they have failed us; kept us impoverished and without representation in government.

We remain committed to solutions which are peaceful, compassionate and based upon principles that benefit and liberate human beings.

Our initial actions will be : to form an international network of Congolese and concerned journalists;  to select a panel of advisors;  to concentrate on issues related to the Great Lakes with primary focus on DRC;  to explain the history and factual current geo-political control over the Great Lakes Region, mainly Congo;  to focus on solutions for and global awareness of the Congolese.

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in the words of Pastor Raphael Bahebwa Kabambire :

                         thank you for joining us on our journey from zero to somewhere