Horrific Vocabulary Lesson
(WARNING: This blog has graphic content that might not be suitable for children)
I feel nauseous. I want to scream at the top of my lungs. How could humanity do this to another person, how could a fellow human receive any sort of satisfaction from these horrendous acts? I am appalled by the news that is coming from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thomas Friedman, a columnist for the New York Times, describes some of the vocabulary that has become common in a place that has been coined the worst place to be a woman.
"One is "autocannibalism," coined in French but equally appropriate in English. It describes what happens when a militia here in eastern Congo's endless war cuts flesh from living victims and forces them to eat it.
Another is "re-rape." The need for that term arose because doctors were seeing women and girls raped, re-raped and re-raped again, here in the world capital of murder, rape, mutilation"
This is disgusting and as a Jew, an American, and as a human, I can not sit quietly while these horrific attacks are occurring.
For more than a century, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been plagued by regional conflict and a deadly scramble for its vast natural resources. In eastern Congo today, these mineral resources are financing multiple armed groups, many of whom use mass rape as a deliberate strategy to intimidate and control local populations, thereby securing control of mines, trading routes, and other strategic areas.
Armed groups earn hundreds of millions of dollars per year by trading four main minerals: the ores that produce tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold. This money enables the militias to purchase large numbers of weapons and continue their campaign of brutal violence against civilians, with some of the worst abuses occurring in mining areas. The majority of these minerals eventually wind up in electronic devices such as cell phones, portable music players, and computers. Given the lack of a transparent minerals supply chain, American consumers have no way to ensure that their purchases are not financing armed groups that regularly commit atrocities, including mass rape. We must create a certification process for these minerals as a first step in stopping the atrocities that are occurring,
We must take a stand and not allow words like "autocannibalism" and "re-rape" to ever exist on our planet. It is time for action. You can take the first step at Raise Hope For Congo and let us not stand idly by while our neighbors around the world are bleeding.