Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on the nations of Africa and the world to finally cease the brutality which is rampant in eastern Congo. She visited the Magunga camp in Goma where over 18,000 men, women and children are seeking safety from attacks by militants. It is estimated that over five million people have died in the DRC over the past decade as rival armies battle to control the nation’s wealth. They regard women as spoils of war who can be raped without fear of punishment, even while husbands watch the ordeal. Clinton told the refugees, “We believe there should be no impunity for the sexual and gender-based violence committed by so many– there must be arrests and prosecutions and punishment.”
Hillary Clinton delivered the same message to President Kabila and pointed out the UN has recorded at least 200,000 cases of sexual violence against women and girls in the region since the conflict began in 1996. Unfortunately, a high number of the rapes occurred at the hands of soldiers in the army of Kabila.
The world focuses on oil in the Middle East while the women of the Congo get raped. Perhaps, if the Congo could find oil, there might be a shift in world interest in their plight.