In conjunction with the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, Lynn Nottage’s emRuinedem, Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank, Democrat from the 4th District, speaks about the legislative efforts being taken to eliminate the sale of conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The demand by international technology companies for coltan--used as a high-charge conductor in mobile phones, digital games, microprocessors, and more--fuels the violence depicted in Nottage’s powerful drama. In emRuinedem, savvy business woman Mama Nadi knows how to survive in the midst of the Congo civil war: don’t take sides. She sells beers and girls at her bar and brothel to any man who'll leave his gun at the door, shrewdly keeping the peace among the warring sides. Miners, merchants, and government and rebel soldiers drink, dance, and choose from her women, many “ruined” by rape and torture before they were pressed into prostitution. The good-time atmosphere of the canteen and Mama Nadi’s sharp wits can’t always protect her and her girls, but their courage, humor, and hope live on as they seek a path to the future in this gripping drama.moreless
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