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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Hacked to Death

A new year is upon us and with it comes an old way of celebrating for those in the Congo. Celebrating Christmas and the new year by fleeing to the mountains. Celebrating by seeking shelter, not from the elements of nature but from the atrocities of man.

Celebrating by hacking Catholics to death and forcing them in to fire. Celebrating by cutting off the lips of their victims as a warning not to speak ill of the LRA rebels. Celebrating by massacring 400 or more people doing nothing more than attending Mass and going about daily life.

News of the attacks in north-eastern DR Congo began to come out after the weekend when the Ugandan army accused the LRA of hacking to death 45 civilians in a Catholic church near Doruma. Bruno Mitewo, head of the Catholic aid agency, says that from information they have collated from their parishes on the ground, more than 400 civilians have died in the attacks. "All villages were burned by rebels... we don't know where exactly the population is because all the villages are empty," he told the BBC.

There are 6,500 people displaced who are refugees in the parishes of the Catholic Church around the city of Dungu, more than 20,000 are running and hiding in the mountains.

Countries from Uganda to the Central African Republic have suffered 20 years of terror inflicted by the LRA, 20 years, what's one more.

So, can someone explain to me how that "Global Attack On Terror" is coming along? That forceful -- we will not allow it to be, we will hunt the darkest corners of the world to eliminate terrorist... What's the problem? Not enough Oil Reserves in the Congo? Or maybe, collectively, we just don't care...

You have been given a voice, use it. Go out and SCREAM! about something you care about.

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ettarose said...

You know yourself that out of site out of mind. I had a friend tell me I could not shame people into giving. I say why not. If people would just open their eyes and see that what is happening in the Congo, is happening everywhere. We need to scream at Obama and see if he will be the one to open his eyes and lead the way.