Democracy Now report on rapes in the Congo

Amy Goodman’s important program, Democracy Now, has a segment on the story Jender wrote about on Sunday. You can listen to the program or watch it on the website, or read the rushed transcript.

Goodman interviews Christine Schuler Deschryver, who is a Congolese human rights activist. She lives in the area of the Congo where the worst violence against women is occurring. Among her comments:

But there’s another form of very violent war with sexual terrorism going on in Congo. We are talking about more than — in all eastern part of Congo, more than 200,000 women, children and babies being raped every day, and now, right now, I am talking to you, thousands of women are taken and children into forests as slave sex (sic).

Her life is constantly under threat, but she remarks that she could not go away and not try to stop it.

4 thoughts on “Democracy Now report on rapes in the Congo

  1. I am deeply upset by all the news of the Congo rapes and atrocities against women. It is proving hard to find activist responses. I hope people will post some options here. This is too important to just read about and feel upset. The hospitals and activist interventions I have found on-line seem to be primarily religious-based organizations. Here is one that I thought looked reasonable and you can support them with donations on PayPal. They say that they involve people from a variety of religions and also train women for self-sufficiency (among other activities and goals). http://www.healafrica.org/blog/index.html

  2. I left an incorrect address above. That one is for a blog related to the Heal Africa program. The one I intended to leave is here: http://www.healafrica.org/about.aspx

    I quote some information from this site:

    Congo has been called the “worst humanitarian disaster since World War II” by the International Rescue Committee. An estimated 3.9 million people have died due to the conflict since 1998. The eastern region of Congo, where HEAL Africa works, is characterized by extreme violence, mass population displacements, widespread rape, and a collapse of public health services. The outcome has been a humanitarian disaster unmatched by any other in recent decades, but one that has drawn little response from the international community. In the midst of this conflict faith communities are the one constant presence and reach into every village. HEAL Africa works with all of the local faith-based communities (Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, and Kimbanguist) and is supported by international organizations such as UNICEF, USAID, IRC, World Bank, German Development Bank, the Clinton Foundation and many individuals and churches to rebuild the spiritual, social and economic fabric of society.

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