Journalism and Congo…

10 02 2010

These are the 10 best articles about what has been going on in Congo for over 12 years.

1. The World Capital of Killing By Nicholas D. Kristof

An excerpt from the article:

“First, they tied up my uncle,” Jeanne said. “They cut off his hands, gouged out his eyes, cut off his feet, cut off his sex organs, and left him like that. He was still alive.”

2. Development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo By UN.org

An excerpt from the article:

“The recruitment of children and their use in active combat by CNDP increased because of the resumption of fighting with FARDC in late 2007 and since September 2008.”

3. More than 8,000 women raped last year by fighters in eastern DR Congo – UN By UN.org

An excerpt from the article:

“the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a Ugandan militia notorious for abducting children to use as child soldiers and sex slaves, continue its attacks on civilians”

4. Bourdieu on Journalism, and how the DR Congo can be helped By Simon

This is blog on Congo, good opinion piece.

An excerpt from the article:

“How can 900 people be massacred over the Christmas period in DR Congo and hardly a murmur comes out of the press?”

5. A letter written to President Clinton By Joel Simon of the Committee to Protect Journalists

An excerpt from the article:

“The unstable eastern region, which is rich in minerals but devastated by war and atrocities against civilians, including the systematic rape of women, is currently one of Africa’s most dangerous cities for journalists, according to CPJ research. Just three weeks ago, a radio journalist was murdered”

6. Band of Congo Radio Reporters Aid Rape Victims By Dominique Soguel

An excerpt from the article:

“We try to get raped women to speak up and put them on the airwaves so that the entire community understands that rape is a crime,” says Julienne Baseke, a 29-year-old sociology graduate of Bukavu University who leads the group’s monthly reporting efforts.

7. Journalist Fights To Give Voice To Congo Victims, Host: Michael Martin

An excerpt from the transcript:

MARTIN: I would like to play a short clip of an interview that you conducted with a very young girl who has been raped. It is in her local language. I’m going to ask you to help us with the translation. I’m just going to play it, and here it is.

Unidentified Girl: (Foreign language spoken)

Ms.�NAMEGABE: I’m 13 years old. My village is Kalonge(ph). They took my mother and hung her on a tree and started raping her. She doesn’t know how many raped her. Yeah.

8. Congolese Journalist Champions Women, Human Rights By Carlyn Reichel

An excerpt from the article:

“We can’t talk about sex widely on the radio,” Namegabe said, “but we couldn’t stay without doing anything.” So she convinced women to open up and share their experience on air. She promoted the idea that rape is not a personal shame, but a communitywide epidemic.

More than 10 years later, Namegabe reflects that the greatest change she has observed has been breaking this culture of silence. For the victims, “it was the first step to heal their internal wounds because they were traumatized,” she said.

9. Congo Civil War

An excerpt from the article:

The Congolese armed forces (FARDC) have also committed human rights violations, including massacres, the Secretary-General said. In light of such “egregious” violations, some rights organizations and components of the UN system have called for an end to the operation. The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Philip Alston, who visited the DRC in October 2009, labelled the joint military operations as “catastrophic.”

10. From ‘Oprah’ to Building Sisterhood in Congo By Nicholas D. Kristof

An excerpt from the article:

“Generose’s story is numbingly familiar: extremist Hutu militiamen invaded her home one night, killed her husband and prepared to rape her. Then, because she shouted in an attempt to warn her neighbors, they hacked off her leg above the knee with a machete.”

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15 02 2010
Michael Berryhill

Great job. Hair-raising.

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