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Clinton in the Congo

August 12, 2009

Charles London writes in The Huffington Post:

The war in Congo, brutal though it is, is not fought for no reason. A complex array of actors with various goals and allegiances are vying for influence, control, and for power. But the fuel feeding the conflict is wealth, and much of it comes from the illicit trade in Congo’s natural resources.

The Secretary of State can and should lead a campaign to penalize those who profit from the Congo’s tragedy and she can strengthen mechanisms to disrupt this supply chain. $17 million for rape survivors will be followed by another $17 million and another and another unless the cycle can be broken with a real show of political will.

Secretary Clinton has taken a first step toward mustering that will. As she said in Goma, she doesn’t have “a magic wand,” but she does have one hell of a pulpit.

The rest of us must demand that she continue to use it.

Stephanie McCrummen of The Washington Times writes a lite report on the atroticies commited against women and girls every day.

An already staggering epidemic of rape has become markedly worse since the January deployment of tens of thousands of poorly trained, poorly paid Congolese soldiers, with people in front-line villages such as this one saying the soldiers are not so much hunting rebels as hunting women

Eve Ensler writes in detail about the atroticies and Panzi Hospital.

Who was—and is—raping the women? The better question might be, who isn’t?

The perpetrators include the Interahamwe, the Hutu fighters who fled neighboring Rwanda in 1994 after committing genocide there; the Congolese army; a loose assortment of armed civilians; even U.N. peacekeepers. Christine Schuler Deschryver, who works for a German aid organization and is a fierce advocate for Panzi Hospital and Congolese women, says, “All of them are raping women. It is a country sport. Any person in uniform is an enemy to women.”

Most of the media write about Clinton’s reactions to a bad question. Shame on them!

One Comment leave one →
  1. August 15, 2009 15:45

    The lack of corporate media interest in the Congo is staggering.

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