What if we killed all the Norwegians? – Giving U™
August 9, 2009, West Marin, California / Democratic Republic of the Congo
Or all the people in Panama? Wipe out the Costa Ricans maybe? Or everyone in Estonia and Lithuania combined? Erase the existence of all Kiwis in New Zealand. Or do in the Irish… The individual populations of each of these countries doesn’t even equal the number of people already killed in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1993, estimated at almost 6 million people murdered.
Several months ago, I attended an event hosted by the Bay Area Friends of the Congo and learned much more about the conflict ravaging the country. Not only is war for the country’s lush resources persisting, but so is the killing of innocent people – up to 1,200 people a day.
Women and children are suffering the most
In addition, the rape of women and children is rampant and is being used as an institutionalized weapon of war. In an online opinion piece published by the Christian Science Monitor, Marc Sommers and Kathryn Birch state “Probably no war zone in recent times has employed rape as sexual terrorism as extensively as the various military forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).)…. [the Congo has a] sickening reputation as the “rape capital of the world…”
Friends of the Congo
Friends of the Congo is a nonprofit organization that seeks to build awareness about the tragedy gripping the Congo and aims to provide opportunities for supporters of the Congo to participate in the development and reconstruction of the country. The long-term vision of the advocacy group is to “see a strong vibrant Congo serving as an engine for the growth, development and expansion of the African continent and larger African world. A Congo where the people control their land, choose their own leaders, work in a secure and peaceful environment and benefit from the wealth of resources in their soil.”
You can help the Congolese by becoming informed by reading these recent articles on the Congo:
- • Aug. 5, 2009 – New York Times ”Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims”
- • Aug. 6, 2009 – Washington Post “Huge Death Toll in Congo”
You can also:
- • Watch a video of the effects of the Congo conflict (broken link) suffered by the 50,000+ street children living in the capital Kinshasa.
- • Write a letter to your Congressperson to put pressure on our political leadership to help find a Congolese solution.
- • Donate to help those fighting for international support for the Congo. Give to Bay Area Friends of the Congo.
who are seeking to raise awareness
about the ongoing atrocities
in the Congo.
You can too!, Please give
This entry was posted on Sunday, August 9th, 2009 and is filed under The Giving Guide.