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Originally posted by sovietmanI'm wondering what is really happening in DR Congo. Why are UN forces running? I don't know much about that region and what is happening there, I just read some articles in local newspaper, but millions(!?) of refugees, pregnant women giving birth roadside(!?), dead bodies on the road, burning villages, .....
Most of the worst abuses have been committed by rebel groups, many of whom fled to Congo after taking part in the Rwandan genocide of the 1990s, she said.
“The atrocities perpetrated by these armed groups are of an unimaginable brutality that goes far beyond rape,” she said in a statement. “Women are brutally gang raped, often in front of their families and communities. In numerous cases, male relatives are forced at gun point to rape their own daughters, mothers or sisters.”
The statement continued: “Frequently women are shot or stabbed in their genital organs, after they are raped. Women, who survived months of enslavement, told me that their tormentors had forced them to eat excrement or the human flesh of murdered relatives.”
Militiamen grilled bodies on a spit and boiled two girls alive as their mother watched, UN peacekeepers have charged.
Militiamen have kidnapped hundreds of civilians from rival ethnic groups, decapitating some, torturing others and forcing the rest to work as porters or sex slaves, according to a UN report released this week summarising testimony from witnesses. "Vital organs were said to have been cut off and used as magic charms. There were also reports that (ethnic) Hema children were thrown onto arrows stuck into the ground," it said.
The report said: "In one corner, there was already cooked flesh from bodies and two bodies being grilled on a barbecue and, at the same time, they prepared her two little girls, putting them alive in two big pots filled with boiling water and oil."
PYGMY leaders have called on the UN to set up an international tribunal to put government and rebel fighters from the Democratic Republic of Congo on trial for acts of cannibalism against their people.
More than 600,000 pygmies are believed to live in the Congo’s vast jungles, where they eke out a subsistence existence. Both sides in the war regard them as “subhuman”, and believe that their flesh can confer magical powers.
UN human rights activists reported this year that rebels had cooked and eaten at least a dozen pygmies. Some of the worst atrocities took place when the Congolese Liberation Movement, one of the main rebel groups, tried to take the town of Mambasa from the rival Congolese Rally for Democracy last year.
I often feel a jealousy when I visit Dubai and Qatar and see what the leaders have done with oil revenues. My heart aches when I think we have, in Africa, countries equally oil-rich and yet they are languishing in debilitating poverty because of corruption at the top. We look at Nigeria, Sudan, Zimbabwe and we see how leaders can devastate their lands and contrast it to what is seen in some of the oil-rich countries of the Gulf.”
Democratic Republic of Congo police have arrested about 100 people accused of killing dozens and displacing thousands in a tribal conflict over fishing rights, a government spokesman said.
Originally posted by zewari
The Congo is so rich with resources that if the development of a civic society had proceeded without interference, it would have easily been one of the most prosperous nations on the face of the planet. The emergence of an honest democracy had been intentionally undermined by Western interests that financed and armed to the teeth strong-arm dictators and warlords hell bent on destabilizing that entire region. Casting any notable measure of blame on the Congolese public contributes nothing towards developing an intellectually honest understanding of the fundamental causes of this conflict.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
I simply believe no one cares what happens in the Congo.
Originally posted by deltaalphanovember
If you honestly think that blaming past events, and for foreign governments to admit their "sins" is going to help the Congolese today, then you are sadly naive.
Originally posted by deltaalphanovember
Africans need to stop blaming others and work with each other. Not against each other.