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Haiti and The Earthquake? What About War In The Congo?Poetry by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
65% of the rapes in the Congo involve girls, and 10% were under the age of 10.
(CLEVELAND) - As the world pauses to observe the tragedy in Haiti, it also makes sense to pay attention to what is taking place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; home of the world's bloodiest war since World War II, where people have buried more than 30 times the number killed in last year's earthquake in Haiti.
As AllAfrica.com reports of the Congo:
"It's also one of the world's most unsafe places for women and girls. Women are raped and gang raped on a daily basis. Just last week reports from Médecins Sans Frontières told of a series of vicious rapes on New Year's Day in South Kivu. Women were tied up, beaten and then raped, some in front of their children. What a way to ring in the New Year."
Exactly how many women and girls have experienced sexual abuse in the DRC is unknown.
It was reported in 2008 by the United Nations Population Fund, that there were 15,996 registered cases of sexual violence across the country.
65% of those were children, mostly girls, and 10% were under the age of 10.
The compound the problems, it is widely believed that the majority of victims don't report the attack meaning actual numbers are significantly higher.
"Victims know their chances at justice are slim; they fear rejection by their families and face expulsion from their communities," AllAfrica.com reports.
As the video interview with the Congolese soldiers included with this report indicates, there is a belief system in place with these men that centers around a magic potion.
They are trained to believe that they have to rape women to bring the magic forward.
When asked if they would accept their wife, sister or mother being raped, most of the soldiers who speak freely of raping women on camera, say absolutely not.
Somewhere in the middle of that is the biggest disconnect with reality most of us have ever heard.
Haiti and The Earthquake? What About War In The Congo?
Well, well, well! Thought I’ve heard it all before, apparently not,
The DePauw University journalism professor told the blog DimeWars,
He’s whining about clouding the lens of observation & reporting,
Who is anyone to criticize those putting their lives in harm’s way?
Okay who is this dude anyway, what in the heck is the great big deal,
In every natural disaster there’s at least one idiot on the other side,
Usually in times like this people get involved for one word, greed,
Once again, God has to look down from heaven and shake His head,
No healthcare, medicine for pain & sickness, zero water, same for food,
Dr. Gupta told TVNewser that in such situations, he's a doctor first.
How about Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a medical correspondent from CBS,
The primary focus should not be on why, what, who or how it was said,
It’s time to act in unison not as a nation but by the planet coming together,
Don’t get me wrong this is a very worthy cause but just so you’ll know,
If there were oil fields in the former area that used to be known as Zaire,
One year after the quake devastation 250,000+ dead, improvements galore?
Here is an updat for Haiti on 1/18/11, Fox cable & the Bill O’Reilly show,
Uh, shouldn’t the United Nations step in with accountability to ensure,
To this day victims of Haiti and the Congo share a common ground,
Women and children are exceptionally vulnerable not to mention,
On many occasions a limb is severed regardless of cooperation,
By Luke Easter
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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