mining operations suspended.
“The scale of mineral exploitation in this part of the country is a result of the activities of mafia groups,” the statement said. These groups “are reinforcing, in spite of stabilization efforts, recurrent insecurity.”
examination of mass graves.
A diplomatic row is raging over a draft of a UN report, leaked to the press late last month, that accuses Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s troops of massacring Hutu refugees who had fled to neighbouring Zaire, now Congo, after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda of Tutsis and moderate Hutus that left 800,000 dead. The intervention of Kagame’s forces has been credited with ending the 1994 killings.
and, the mass rapes.
The recent gang rapes in Congo by hundreds of members of adjacent rebel groups is sickening, to say the least. The U.N. reports the number of victims assaulted is over 500 in four days, with more women coming forward daily for medical attention and to report that they were victims of the mass assault; a heinous assault, mind you, that occurred in groups. Two to six men would gang rape a single victim, sometimes in front of her husband, father and children.
I am trying to understand what’s going on. I don’t know enough to put this in any kind of perspective. I’m trying to learn. Need to read this or something like it.
infrared photos by Richard Mosse in the Eastern Congo; no digital enhancement