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Congo’s Forgotten Sexual Genocide

My latest column in the Huffington Post, “Congo’s Forgotten Sexual Genocide”, focuses on the increasingly horrific conditions for women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rape has been a weapon of war in the overlapping conflicts that have rumbled on in Congo since 1996, causing millions to die of illness and disease. According to one study, 60% of attacks are gang rapes and most are carried out by armed men breaking into the victims’ homes after dark, meaning women are not safe anywhere.

In the piece, I call on Congress to establish a Special Envoy to deal with these issues as well as call on companies not to use conflict minerals that come from the region.

You can find the piece here.

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  1. Johanna Teske
    August 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Dear Mr. Grieboski,

    My name is Johanna, and I am a graduate student at the University of Arizona in Astronomy. However, I have a strong interest in and desire to help with the current situation in Congo, as you reported about in your recent Huffington Post article. I was thinking about entering the United Nations’ 2011 Citizen Ambassadors Contest (http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/citizenambassadors/lang/en/home/contest2011) with a piece focusing on the sexual genocide in the DRC. Would you be interested in helping me construct a concise and accurate video entry for this topic? (Mostly, would you be willing to view a ‘draft’ video I would create to check for consistency with the facts, clarity, accessibility, etc.?)

    Many thanks,

    Johanna

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