Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Systematic rape and horrific war in the Congo - please read.

I watched a video on Sue's blog today and it reminded me of a post I wrote some time ago.The video above is the one I posted before. Please take time to watch it, and if you are touched, please go to Sue's site and watch the video that she has posted on there.

Did you know that in Congo, each month, 45,000 people die because of the war there? Each month.Children, women, old people. Women are raped systematically. Women in their 80's, babies of only months. Rape is a weapon of war. Women are raped day after day, for months and months until they are sterile or paralysed.

This is not a nice thing to read about. But we have to know about it. We have to do something to help.What can we do?I don't know the easy answer to that question, but surely the first step is to let the world know what is going on. Force the world to know that this brutal secret war is ongoing. There are charities out there, working to help... Oxfam, Medecins sans Frontiers. Perhaps we can support them in their efforts.

The Congo is a disaster zone where death and destruction are every day bedfellows.It beggars belief to see what the ordinary people of that war torn country are going through.If you are moved by these films please pass them on. Please tell other people about them. Please post about the Congo yourself or talk to others about the situation.

How can we, as a world, sit back and watch this without doing something?


Sue Jacquette said...

You'll also like this post of mine. http://whatgotmegoingtoday.blogspot.com/2009/02/this-i-beleive.html It's a real passion of mine. Thank you for posting this!

Inkling said...

I'm with you on this, but I don't know what to do either. I have just been reading a series about the extermination of the Jews and other people groups before the advent of WW2 and during it. The whole world basically stood by and did nothing until the war entered their own borders. I had no idea that countries shut their doors to immigrants and that certain countries contributed to Hitler's power just by their own apathy. One of the books said that apathy is the glove that the hand of evil fits into. That is so true.

If we remain apathetic about Africa, I can only imagine what will happen to our world at large. But how to get people to really care is what I just don't know.

Thank you for being someone who does care.

Sarah said...

Thank you for bringing it back into my mind, Sue.

Hi Inkling! So glad to hear from you. Hope all is well.Your quote about apathy being the glove that the hand of evil fits into is very thought provoking.This problem seems so massive that one little voice cannot make a difference, but maybe if we all start to talk about it and make our own little stand, we can do something?I hope so. I cannot imagine how those people exist.Take care of yourself. S xx

Gail said...

We can pray.

louise said...

We don't know how lucky we are. x