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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #260 - Sexual violence: Behind the war, rape (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 24 May 2016 15:05:39 +0300

In Kivu region in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), tens of thousands of women were raped and mutilated. The violence continues and now affect girls and babies. A sadly common example of the use of rape as a weapon of war, highlighted by the figure of a doctor that "restores women." ---- The film The Man Who repairs the women currently on screens (large cities and not for long) recounts the work of Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist who operates and tries to repair organs mutilated women. ---- Since 1994 and the arrival of the Rwandan genocide, militias and armed forces clash on this field. Lulls, peace agreements and demobilization succeed and it is still not peace. Rapes have never stopped even if Dr. Mukwege has seen a recent decline in arrivals in his clinic. Armed militias and fought (also) for access to the wealth of the subsoil of this region contains, among other cassiterite and coltan, essential components of electronic devices and especially our mobile phones.

The responsibility of rich countries' enterprises is not clearly established (but we only lend to the rich ...) in the looting and violence that they induce. It seems a little cleaning is done in the traceability of the origin of the metals and the prohibition to supply the black market in war zones. But it's like the pig turned into France who leaves "made in France", the metal can be "made in China" after a trip.

Figures are uncertain but more than 200 000 women were abused since 1998. Peace has never been established, armed militia réattaquées in January. Rapes do not start, they never stopped. Rape is a weapon of war intended to traumatize and do from the people. But new horror in recent years: very young girls, and babies are raped. Even in zones of peace. If some certain and explain these facts by the ancient belief that if a man lie with a virgin, he will be rich, the explanation is more rational. Child soldiers, soldiers, demobilized militiamen are found in civilian life with insufficient counseling and lived and exercised violence leads them to commit atrocities. When there are (too rare) arrests, he (too many) acquittals. Congolese soldiers of the UN forces in CAR have been sent home after several rapes.

Demolish and to terrorize

Excerpts from an article in Le Monde, July 16, 2013 are eloquent: "It violates the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Women, girls and babies recently. collectively are violated in public, to demolish and to terrorize. For days, sometimes for months before shooting itself in the vaginas or lacerate the blows of razor blades, fill the salt, burning rubber or caustic soda, to dump the fuel and set it on fire. There are less than three weeks, a little girl of 18 months he (the surgeon since filmed) was made, the exploded genitalia. New babies arrived in the state since January (ie between January and July 2013), 36 children under 10 years. "

If rich countries are concerned about the carbon footprint of travel, which is concerned the balance sheet in suffering women of our consumer goods?

Christine (AL Orne)

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