Author Topic: Genocide and Mass-Killing in Africa - What to Do?  (Read 1092 times)

michaelintp

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Genocide and Mass-Killing in Africa - What to Do?
« on: October 24, 2009, 08:57:36 pm »
Last Thursday night I attended, together with “Flex Hectic,” a film “Worse than War” that details the history of Genocide and Mass Killing, and indifference to it, that we’ve seen from the early 20th Century to the present.  Some speakers were also present, and discussed positive steps that can be taken to stop the killing today.  Most notably in Africa.

For more information, see:

http://www.jewishworldwatch.org/

Were you aware that since 1998, 5.4 million civilians have been killed by war-related violence, hunger and disease, in the Democratic Republic of Congo?  Rape is increasingly being used as a tactic of war.

I encourage you all to become involved in this issue, a human rights issue that may well be a paramount issue in the 21st Century. 

While not addressed in the program, but something worth noting:  Not wishing to wear rose-colored glasses as to the role of the United Nations, here are a couple of stories that document the role of the U.N. in the sexual abuse of refugees:

UN troops buy sex from teenage refugees in Congo camp
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/un-troops-buy-sex-from-teenage-refugees-in-congo-camp-756666.html

Peace at What Price?: U.N. Sex Crimes in Congo
Prostitution, Rapes Run Rampant

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/UnitedNations/story?id=489306&page=1&page=1

It really is a terrible situation.  I believe a serious discussion is merited as to whether we need something beyond an impotent United Nations, to take action when Genocide first erupts. 

Also, discussed in the Thursday program, was the possible positive effect of econmic sanctions (along the lines that was done with regard to "blood diamonds") against regimes and "militant" organizations that use terror, rape and mass-murder as "rationally-calculated" instruments of war to pursue their greed.