It’s hard to think that women and children would be military targets, but for militias and rebel groups operating in the DRC, that’s exactly what they are.
The killings of the civilians took place on Monday and Tuesday in remote villages in the territory of Shabunda, in South Kivu Province, an area still troubled by armed groups more than eight years after the end of a war there. An army spokesman said the 45 victims were mainly women and children, including one pregnant woman, and a leader of a village was decapitated.
There’s a petition to President Obama you can sign here to send an envoy to the region. If you know of something similar in Canada, please let us know.
In 2009 the NY Times reported,
Christine Schuler-DeSchryver, a well-known anti-rape activist, vented about all the empty promises from the stream of high-ranking visitors who have recently come to eastern Congo, “one more important than the next.”
“In the end, all we got was a pile of business cards,” she said.
The Congolese women have been waiting too long for action.by