Congo : rape,rape and more rape in the congo


Dec 30, 2004

Rape, brutality ignored to aid Congo peace
By Jeff Koinange

Wednesday, May 24, 2006; Posted: 4:46 p.m. EDT (20:46 GMT)

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo (CNN) -- At a makeshift recreation center at a hospital here in eastern Congo, about 500 women surround one of their own, who's lying on the floor.

She clutches a cane as she struggles to get up. The women begin singing, slowly at first and then the song picks up momentum. Before long the young woman lifts herself, drops the cane and begins to walk around the room as if in a trance, singing and clapping. The other women clap along with her as the singing gets louder and louder.

The young woman's name is Tintsi and she's barely 20 years old. She arrived at the hospital three weeks ago on a stretcher carried by relatives who walked 100 miles to get here. Doctors weren't sure Tintsi would ever walk again.

Tintsi, like everyone else in this room, is a victim of the worst kind of sexual violation imaginable. (Watch rape victims try to rebuild their lives

"Some of them have knives and other sharp objects inserted in them after they've been raped, while others have pistols shoved into their vaginas and the triggers pulled back," said Dr. Denis Mukwege Mukengere, the lone physician at the hospital. "It's a kind of barbarity that only savages are capable of."

He added that "these perpetrators cannot be human beings."

The alleged perpetrators are men in uniform, part of the Congolese army. These troops are a compilation of various militia groups that had been fighting each other for years until a truce was reached two years ago.

A recent report by the United Nations found that Congo's own soldiers were responsible for the nearly seven dozen complaints of crimes and human rights violations over the past two months. Among the crimes committed were extrajudicial executions, disappearances, rapes and brutal beatings, according to the U.N. report.

'I wish they'd killed me'
Tintsi turns to the other victims standing near her and says in a soft, but defiant voice, "They can take away my womanhood, but they'll never be able to break my spirit."

Some women nod, others shake their heads. Some weep openly.

Also in the room is 28-year-old Henriette Nyota. Her spirit is all but broken. Three years ago, she said, she was gang raped as her husband and four children were forced to watch. The men in uniform then disemboweled her husband and continued raping her and her two oldest daughters, 10 and 8. The assault went on for three days.

"I wish they'd killed me right there with my husband," she said, "What use am I now? Why did those animals leave me to suffer like this?"

Nineteen-year-old Nzigire bears the result of repeated sexual violations -- her year-old daughter, Ester. The teenager acknowledges she often contemplates putting an end to what she calls a death sentence.

"I sometimes feel like killing myself and my daughter," she said. "I look at her and all I see is them. I look at myself and all I see is misery."

'Only revenge can make me forget'
Misery permeates this tiny hospital in this huge country the size of Western Europe. Last year there were more than 4,000 reported rape cases in this province alone, or about 12 a day, officials say.

And it's not just women who are being raped; so are some men with equally devastating consequences.

Fifteen-year-old Olivier was sitting down to dinner with his family when the front door of their house was smashed in. Olivier's father was the first to be killed followed by his mother, right in front of the children.

They then raped Olivier's three sisters, and when he tried to fight them they turned on him. One at a time, more than a dozen in all, he said.

"I will never forget what happened to me," he said. "How does one forget something like this? Only revenge can make me forget what happened to me."

Mukengere takes us from ward to ward, where the beds are filled with sexual abuse patients in various stages of recovery. Colostomy bags hang off their cots and bed pans are everywhere. Once in a while, you hear a woman scream in pain as she's raised by the team of tireless nurses to have something to eat or drink.

Mukengere, who attends to an average of 10 new cases a day, explains bed-by-bed the cruelty that has become the Congo.

"Helene, over there, is 19 years old. She first came here five years ago after having been raped," he said. "We treated her and discharged her, and off she went back to her home village. Five years later, she's back after being attacked and sexually violated over and over again. This is pure madness."

Equally troubling is that aid money designated for victims of sexual abuse here may run out at the end of June despite the relative success of this program, the only one of its kind in the region.

"It's so tragic that the world can afford to sit back and let these atrocities continue like this," said aid worker Marie Walterzon of the Swedish Pentecostal Mission. "Possibly because it involves poor, voiceless Africans," she said.

Sadly though, many of the people responsible for these rapes -- what is being described as the new weapon of war in a time of peace -- have yet to be arrested, tried or convicted. The peace process is too delicate at this stage, officials say.

The peace process is too delicate. And at this hospital in the eastern Congo, the rooms are too full.
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Jan 18, 2005
A few months ago had a little argument with a brother from South Africa about this. He was saying how most think we are spoiled and lucky to be in the states. Well this got me started. He was saying in a lot of Africa they still have to deal with rape, killing and still slavery. His warped thinking was since the white mans demand for slaves is no longer that the African blacks don’t have as many slaves since they can’t afford to feed them and instead they are raped, killed and tortured for amusement. So many don’t even get the chance to live in anyway. He was not sticking up for the white man but did think things would be worse without the food and schools provided by white governments. He felt more U. S. Black organizations should help with this first before other issues in the states. After about an hour I just tried to end this on good terms with the brother. But it was hard to have this discussion with someone else from a different part of the world with so different conditions.


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Apr 4, 2006
Now, would we want the U.S. military to go in there and kick some butt or what?

Many AAs would say "NO" and start talking about history. I'll bet those poor women, our sisters, with the bowel bags hanging off them would say "YES!"

MONSTERS come in all complexions.


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Oct 30, 2005

Thanks for sharing this information with us. Just this past evening, I watched a news segment on these atrocities. Indeed, there will be hell to pay for ALL forces (seen and unseen) involved.


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Jun 8, 2004
You know what, peops, most Africans in the United States are descended from the Kongolese people, and that knowledge of my own heritage has me feeling, not anger, but a sense of profound sadness and shame that my brethren could treat Kongolese Women in that way...

It is as though they are raping my mother, my grandmother, my sisters, and my wife, and daughters... It depresses me because I am so angry about that, and yet, to put these low down dogs in the cemetary where they ALL freakin' belong is like more Black-on-Black fratricidal mayhem... It's a vcious, vicious vortex of pain we're caught up in, and there doesn't seem to be a way out... Man, everytime I read a thread message having to do with the KONGO, my heart sinks into my stomach... I know there's going to be more bitter pills to swallow...



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Jul 9, 2003
new jersey

The crimes committed are on the scale of what was done by the Nazis. That being said, there are an assorted host of dark spirits and dark "machinations" running rampant in the D.R.C.

However, I don't agree that the United Snakes should send troups over there, considering the history of American foreign "policy" and "aid" to so-called 3rd world countries.

Africans/Black people must and will resolve our own problems. How this can be done, I' m not altogether sure, perhaps we could learn a few lessons left behind by Dr. J.H. Clarke's Pan African Congress.

time is of the essence.


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Jul 9, 2003
new jersey


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Oct 25, 2005
I guess its good time like any

Fool mode

If you like to talk talk talk then I figure you dont mind rape rape rape of distant peoples. Since we are discussing CHAOS.


I am either going to make you think about IT or have you throw me further away EVEN MORE from this point on.

Yeah, I get despised and am a reproach. But I am concerned about my earthly life and YOURS (but who would have KNOWN) to make rich the afterlife.

But its true if I get the EVIL EYE for a particular REASON then let me demonstrate how DISCERNMENT takes place in your everyday LIFE.

The old woman on the street said I need Jesus then taking a break with IT.

The brother is using it to boast big on IT.

The sister is telling the world about her life on IT.

The little child is playing games and toying with IT.

Ruthless 'white' taking care of business on IT.

Jewish man is talking religion on IT.

Schools are educating on IT.

Mom and dad son and daughter are reaching on IT.

The pastor preach on IT.

All American of all classes and races swear on IT.

The world is taking on IT.

I AM WILLING TO BET THESE RAPE VICTIMS HELPERS (doctors, nurses, coordinators, etc) IN THOSE CLINICS are on IT.

Even some of the victims of RAPE MAY BE on IT.

No one not one is RIGHTEOUS.

AS A FOOL somehow I am not on IT.

But I am not JUSTIFIED.

What am I about then.

Like I said if you like to talk talk talk its that SIMPLE.

Your cellphone.

Yeap your cellphone.

If your unthankful now its time to SHOW some THANKS.

Not to me though. To your GOD.

Ask Cedric on cellphone danger thread in the Health and Fitness forum.


Oh well.

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