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Rwanda Supports Death In Congo

A decade ago, the Tutsi people of Rwanda were attacked by Hutus and subjected to the horror of a genocide in which over 800,000 were killed. Today, according to a UN report, the government of Rwanda is providing military support to Tutsi rebels fighting in the Congo who have helped to kill over 5,000,000 and drive millions of others into exile. The report also cites evidence the government of the Congo is also helping to fuel conflict. As the UN investigating committee notes, “this is the most concrete evidence so far of direct government involvement in militias. For years, Rwanda and Congo have been dancing around the international community, saying prove it. This proves it.”

Among the horrible events discussed in the report is efforts by the government of Rwanda to recruit soldiers, including children and supply military equipment for a war that is genocidal in operation. How can people who endured a genocide just fifteen years ago, support genocide!! On the flip side, it appears the Congo government is supporting the Hutus who kill people in Congo. Who are these leaders?

European Union Grapples With Congo Issue

About seventy years ago, Great Britain stood alone as the only nation still fighting the horror of a Nazi German triumph. There were voices in America which said assisting England would be foolish and only lead to terrible problems for America including the possibility its own citizens would wind up dead. In 2008, the British government is taking the lead to halt any intervention on the part of the European Union to provide assistance to the people of the Congo who face an enemy as blood thirsty and cruel as Nazi Germany. Britain is refusing to take part in any armed intervention to save thousands of people who face death while females fear rape. Several nations and human rights groups are urging dispatch of troops to protect innocent civilians, but the UK and Germany stand opposed.

The UN has a force of 17,000 which supposedly can do something in a country equal in size to Texas. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says thousands will die unless more troops are on the scene, but England will not act. Of course, Tony Blair was willing to send thousands of troops on a mission over nothing, but today, when real problems exist, there are few voices in the British government urging providing help.

Congo Rebel Chief Threatens Further War

The tragedy of the Congo goes on and on as its people are brutalized, its women raped, and millions are killed by greedy fellow Africans whose only goal is obtaining the wealth of the unfortunate country. General Laurent Nkunda, a Rwandan Tutsi who entered the Congo on the pretest he was after former Rwandan Hutus, demanded that the government of the Congo must negotiate with him or he might march on the capital and take over the country. Nkunda’s troops have routed government forces and taken control of a large swath of the nation. “If there is no negotiation,” boasted the rebel chief, “let us then say there is war.”

Nkunda has been talking with mediator former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obsanjo, who is furious the rebel leader disregarded his plea for peace by making further attacks. By attacking after promising peace, said Obsanjo, “you are making me a laughing stock.”

There is chaos in the Congo since it lacks an effective government and its army is ill trained, ill equipped and lacking in morale or leadership. Perhaps, it is time for the United Nations to assume some form of trusteeship for the nation.

Congo Cease Fire??

The Congo has been the scene of unprecedented horror as several nations and dozens of insurgents vie for control of its resources. It is estimated about five million innocent people have died in the Congo since 2000. UN peacekeeper forces have been unable to halt the genocide which now envelops the nation. A prominent rebel leader, General Laurent Nkunda, has agreed to a temporary cease fire that will be monitored. The agreement was hammered out with the assistance of former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obsanjo. However, Nkunda was not apparently receptive to the idea of a UN peacekeeping force that would enforce the cease fire.

According to Obsanjo, “He(Lukunda) accepts the UN envoy as a mediator between his side and the government side. He wants the government to accept responsibility for a ceasefire by what he called government allies.” So called “General” Lukunda is actually from Rwanda and was part of groups that entered the Congo in search of riches, not in an effort to help the people of this sad country. Frankly, there is no possibility for a “peace” that benefits the people of the Congo unless other African powers become serious and exert pressure on Rwanda for its interference in the affairs of a neighboring nation.

Congo Being Torn To Pieces And No One Cares

Each passing day reveals increasing chaos in the Congo as its government has virtually lost power to enforce its own will upon the nation. Rebel armies cut across the Congo leaving death and destruction in their wake and it is becoming clear that an army which is connected to the Tutsi government of Rwanda has become a dominant force in the country. The National Congress for the Defense of the People(CNDP) led by Llaurent Nkunda, a renegade general from the Rwanda army, is slashing his way toward the capital city of Kinshasa where President Kabila waits without sufficient soldiers to even put up a good fight. In the meantime, rebel forces take over villages and all too often assault women and take food from the population. Actually, some villagers are beginning to establish relations with rebel forces who they believe at least are not as brutal as government forces.

Nkunda argues the Congo gave refuge to Hutu soldiers who fled Rwanda years ago after their failed genocide to wipe out the Tutsi minority failed. The Congo government believes Nkunda is merely a puppet of the Rwanda government and seeks to take over the entire country of the Congo.

There are fears of another genocide if Nkunda seeks out Hutus and begins killing them. The ironic aspect of the situation is that Tutsi Rwandans were subject to a genocide and now they are instruments of a potential genocide. Do they even realize the similarity?

Joseph Kony Of LRA On Rampage In Congo

For over twenty years the people of Uganda have experienced the horror that is known as the Lord’s Resistance Army which sweeps through villages killing and raping and abducting children who are compelled to kill their own parents or relatives as part of the initiation process to enter the LRA. Joseph Kony, who supposedly promised to end his murderous reign of terror has suddenly switched his attention to the chaos in the Congo and unleashed his murderous army upon innocent villagers. His men crossed the Uganda border and now sweep through villages killing and murdering as they seek to get a share in the riches of the Congo. According to Father Paul who directly experienced their brutality they prefer chopping with machetes which means people are either killed or lose limbs.

There are only about 17,000 poorly equipped UN forces in the Congo while Iraq has the presence of over 130,000 well armed American troops. Over four million have died in the Congo and no one really gives a damn. So much for George Bush’s famous commitment to “democracy.” Apparently, if there is no oil to be gotten, democracy is really not that important to the American leader.

Nigerian Leader Appointed Congo Mediator

The horror that is the Congo continued on its destructive path resulting in the death of thousands and rape and destruction engulfing millions of people. Former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, was asked by the United Nations to assume the role of attempting to mediate the madness that has become the Congo. He is trying to persuade Rwanda leaders to send negotiators to assist in the peace process. Meanwhile, UN forces have evacuated large areas in the Congo as rebel troops led by General Laurent Nkunda swept through areas killing, raping and looting even as retreating members of the Congo army killed, raped and looted on their way far from any fighting.

A UN convoy finally reached a camp that supposedly held thousands of refugees only to find it deserted since the people fled to avoid the oncoming slaughter of General Nkunda. Part of the problem is although nations contributed troops to the UN they are tied by restrictions not to engage in battle. Unfortunately, General Nkunda has no such restrictions.

The Tragedy Of The Congo Goes On

The body count of dead Americans in Iraq has reached four thousand, tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghan people have died, and George Bush insists America must stand tall in the fight to extend democracy. Of course, there is never a word from the United States of the European Union concerning events in the Congo where more people have died than in any conflict since the end of World War II. Current estimates are at least five million are dead, and thousands of women have been raped, and thousands of children forced to kill family members so they have no home except serving in some rebel army.

According to Johann Hari, the official story of what happened in the Congo was after the Rwanda massacre in which Hutus killed thousands of Tutsi and then lost, they fled to the Congo for safety. The real story is exploitation of Congo’s incredible riches by businessmen from Africa, Europe and elsewhere who use soldiers to get at gold, diamonds, coltan and other riches waiting to be taken by whoever has an army to seize it. The 17,000 man UN army is unable to halt the carnage which never stops and the rapes which destroy human life.

If George Bush really cared about democracy, he would have sent American troops into the Congo, not into Iraq.

The Tragedy That Is The Congo

George Bush insisted there was a need to invade Iraq in order to further the forces of democracy, but not once has the American president looked at Africa where a great human tragedy has been unfolding in the Democratic Democratic Republic of the Congo. An
estimated four million people have died in the brutal jungles of that unfortunate land and the killing and raping and destruction go on and on. UN peacekeeping troops are pleading for help to deal with the latest outbreak of violence where forces from neighboring Rwanda have been fighting under the direction of a renegade general named Laurent Nkunda. The UN force of 17,000 troops is attempting to assist the poorly armed troops of the Congo government.

Nkunda claims he is fighting troops connected to the Hutu forces which fled Rwanda after their failed attempt to slaughter Tutsi people in that country. He now claims his goal is to “liberate” the Congo. The innocent people of the Congo are unprotected and furious and disheartened at fighting that goes on and on.

By the way, President Bush, have you once thought about the people of the Congo in your desire to spread democracy?

The Rape Of Women-War’s Tragedy

A recent study by the UN agency, UNICEF, revels that sexual violence is spreading like a disease in many parts of Africa where there is violence. Women are increasingly becoming the first casualties of war and are compelled to spend a live in shame because enemy soldiers physically abused them. n Darfu, janjaweed militia kidnapped a 12 year-old girl and gange raped her for a week resulting in the crippling of her legs and castigating her as a woman who has shamed the community. Under Shariah law, rapded women may be prosecuted f or adultery or fornication. As Refugees International observes: “The government is more likely to take action against those who report and document rape than those who commit it.”

In the savage civil war currently raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo, rape victims take most of the blame for seemingly allowing themsevles to be captured and raped. After being raped, Congolese women are banished by their husbands and ostracized by their communities. Often they are genitally mutilated by a gunshot or tossed on a fire naked.

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The tragedy of Darfur is most impacting both young girls and women who are more likely to be physically assaulted than their husbands or fathers. The world talks about Darfur but the killing and raping continue unabated in Darfur. In the end, it is always the women who most suffer.