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posted 26 October 2004 12:16 PM      Profile for Macabee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Jeanette was raped by seven soldiers in the storeroom, Francine by eight soldiers in the shop," 16-year-old Edith said.

"They put me in the bathroom. I fought with five of the soldiers when they tried to make my brothers watch me being raped. But they beat me so hard."

Only two eastern hospitals can treat survivors of sexual violence, Amnesty said, and hospitals often have no water or electricity and lack doors, windows and beds because of looting.

"The government and the international community must act now to ensure access to medical care for thousands of rape survivors and ensure that the rehabilitation of the health care system is a priority," Amnesty campaign director Stephen Bowen said.


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posted 26 October 2004 06:18 PM      Profile for Coyote   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From: O’ for a good life, we just might have to weaken. | Registered: Jan 2004  |  IP: Logged
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posted 26 October 2004 06:25 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Originally posted by Coyote:

No, Coyote; not God.

Man, I should have thought.

This happens in all wars. All armies rape women, always have, always will.

The way to stop it is to track down the war and the sources of the war and to stop it.

I suspect that most women are tired of pious expressions of horror at our plight.

What is happening in Congo is a horror, but it is not just a horror. It can be understood, and it can be changed.

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posted 26 October 2004 07:01 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have a friend from Congo who is now doing his doctorate in philosophy in Paris. Something like THREE MILLION people have been killed in the protracted civil war there (in both Congos - Kinshasa and Brazzaville. My friend spends a lot of time and energy giving talks on the roots of the current horror and trying to find a way out. When I first saw this thread (I had already read the Amnesty article) my reaction was discouragement and despair, as I'm sure is the case with a lot of babblers and others. There are people trying to make a difference. I interpreted at an Alternatives meeting with women - both Tutsi and Hutu - from Rwanda and Burundi who are trying to put their families and society together after the genocide. (You can find information on the Alternatives website - Alternatives has been quite involved in the Great Lakes region of Rwanda, Burundi and eastern Congo.)

Telling stories is important too. Did you know that a very popular young recording star in Québec, Corneille, is a Rwandan refugee whose family was exterminated in the genocide? He doesn't only sing about that but he does sometimes, so even teens who listen to pop music hear stories and emotions about the impact of those horrific events.

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