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PEACE AND SECURITY

En Republique Democratique du Congo, la problematique liee a la Paix constitue actuellement une priorite majeure pour chaque congolais digne de ce nom. C`est alors que l`insecurite persistante dans la partie Est cree d`enormes consequences pour les populations civiles. Parmi ces consequences figurent les multiples violations des droits humains, les pillages des ressources, les destruction des ecosystemes naturels, les homicides etc...

Dans cet article, je m`attele a la destruction de la reserve de Faune a Okapis, situee a Epulu, en Province Orientale, en Republique Democratique du Congo. La destruction de ce patrimoine de l`Etat congolais avait eu lieu en date du 24 juin 2012 par les rebelles du chef milicien Simba alias Morgan.

Selon un article paru dans la revue IBO Jeune Entreprise, Magazine economique Infrastructure et environnement, l`editeur a ecrit un article intitule ; Que cache le massacre des Okapis, et la destruction de la Reserve de Faune a Okapi RFO /Epulu , L`auteur de cet article precise que les combattants du chef milicien Morgan ont attaque la reserve des Okapis d`Epulu, en province Orientale, en tuant les gardes mis pour la protection de ce site, et, 15 okapis.

Apres avoir mis les milicienshors d`etat de nuire sans mettre la main sur leur chef, l`on se demande quel etait l`objectif poursuivi par les assaillants en s`attaquant a ce patrimoine ecologique.

Comment se sont deroule ces evenements. Notons bien que Ces assaillants et leur chef avaient investi la reserve, ils avaient sequestre les gardes auxquels ils avaient coupe les membres dont ils se sont delecte la chair crue avant de les tuer, et les bruler devant leurs collegues,

Nous precisons que d`autres sources concordantes avaient rapportees que les epouses des gardes avaient ete violee et l`une d`elles, femme pygmee avaitete brulee vive. Quelles genre d`atrocite , Pourquoi les femmes doivent etre traitee ainsi ...
L`auteur de cet article precise encore que l`Okapi, animal emblematique rare, listee parmi les especes rares, en danger d`extinction, endemique pour la RDC etait donc la cible de ces assaillants. Cet animal qui fqisqit lq fierte de notre pays, attiraient beaucoup les touristes dans le monde qui venaient l`admirer.

De ce bilan macabre s`ajoute la destruction du materiel scientifique ou encore emporte. C`est ce qui pousse l`opinion a se demander ce qui se cachait derriere pareils agissements d`une milice qui surgit pour etaler son inqualifiable barbarie.
Nous rappellons ici que la RDC n`est pas a la premiere experience de la destruction mechante des especes en danger d`extinction pendant les 10 dernieres annees. On se souviendra de la polemique suscitee autour de l`unique rhinoceros blanc du Parc National de la Garamba, de la destruction mechante des hyppopotames dans le parc National de Virunga au Nord Kivu ou encore des gorilles a dos argentes du Parc National de Kauzi Biega.

Nous tenons encore a rappeller que les deux derniers parcs sont declares par l`Unesco, des patrimoines mondiaux en voie d`etre radies a cause des destructions repetitives dont elles sont victimes.

Au chapitre desdites destructions des ecosystemes` il a suffit qu`on decouvre un gisement de petrole quelque part pour que la protection des Ressources Naturelles sot relegue au second rang, nous ajoutons aussi qu`il en est de meme pour les viols systematiques des femmes.

C`est le cas de la destruction de la foret des mangroves en province du Bas Congo suite a la presence de la nappe petroliere au large de Moanda. Il y a maintenant un choix a faire entre le gisement de Diamant et la RFO d`Epulu sur lequel elle est etablie.

Voila pourquoi la Recherche de la Paix constitue une priorite en Republique Democratique du Congo.

English translation by PulseWire member Katia

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), peace-related issues are nowadays a major priority for any true Congolese woman. The persisting lack of security in the Eastern part of the country has tremendous consequences for the civilian population: manslaughter, violations of human rights, looting, destruction of natural ecosystems, etc.

In this article, I want to address the destruction of the Okapi Wildlife Reservation (Réserve de Faune à Okapis, RFO) of Epulu, in the Orientale Province of the DRC. This Congolese heritage was destroyed on June 24, 2012 by Simba, alias Morgan, the head of the militia.

The editor of the IBO Jeune Entreprise, Magazine économique, Infrastructure et Environnement, wrote an article entitled « What’s behind the okapi slaughter and the destruction of the Okapi Wildlife Reservation (RFO) of Epulu? ». The author indicates that when the fighters of Morgan’s militia attacked the reservation, they killed the guards put in charge of protecting the site and slayed 15 okapis.

Once the militia men were restrained, except for the head of the militia who escaped, we wonder what was the goal of the attackers behind the destruction of this ecological heritage?
What happened? The head of the militia and his men invaded the reservation, sequestrated the guards after cutting off their limbs, ate their flesh, killed them and burned them in front of their colleagues.

Other corroborative sources also reported that the spouses of the guards have been raped and one of them, a pygmy woman, was burned alive. What atrocities! Why women have to be treated this way...

The author of the article also indicates that the okapi, an emblematic animal listed as a rare species and threatened with extinction, endemic for the DRC, was then the target of the attackers. This animal, which was a source of pride for our country, attracted a lot of tourists from all over the world.

On top of this gruesome attack, there is also the destruction and theft of scientific material. These lead the public opinion to wonder about the ulterior motives of a militia that suddenly appears to spread this unspeakable barbarity.

This is not the first time that species threatened with extinction were brutally slaughtered in the DRC over the last ten years: we all remember the controversy around the only white rhinoceros of the Garamba National Park, the massacre of hippopotamuses in the Virunga National Park, North of Kivu, or the silverback gorillas of the Kauzi Biega National Park. It is important to note that the last two parks have been designated World Heritage Sites by Unesco but they are now on the verge of being removed from the list due to the repetitive destructions perpetrated against these parks.

In the context of the destructions of the ecosystems, the discovery of just one oil reservoir somewhere was enough to overshadow the protection of natural resources. And the same goes for the mass-scale rape of women.
It is the case of the destruction of the mangroves forest in the Bas Congo Province after an oil deposit has been found near Moanda. A choice must now be made between the diamond deposit and the RFO of Epulu where it was found.

This is why it is a priority to achieve peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Katia's picture

MERCI BEAUCOUP

Chère Madeleine
Merci mille fois pour avoir participé à cette campagne et pour avoir partagé votre histoire sur la République Démocratique du Congo. Il est extrêmement important que le monde puisse entendre votre voix si courageuse et apprendre ce qui se passe dans votre pays. Je vous encourage du fond du cœur à continuer à vous exprimer et à faire savoir au monde entier ce qu’il se passe chez vous.
De tout cœur avec vous
K.

MADELEINE BWENGE's picture

MERCI BEAUCOUP

Je tiens à vous réitérer mes remerciements pour tous vos encouragements dans le combat que nous menons. Merci encore Katia. J'espère que nos voix unies aux vôtres apporterons un jour des changements plus positifs dans la vie du peuple congolais épris de Paix. Nous sollicitons la solidarité de toutes les femmes pour y parvenir.

Katia's picture

English Translation

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), peace-related issues are nowadays a major priority for any true Congolese woman. The persisting lack of security in the Eastern part of the country has tremendous consequences for the civilian population: manslaughter, violations of human rights, looting, destruction of natural ecosystems, etc.

In this article, I want to address the destruction of the Okapi Wildlife Reservation (Réserve de Faune à Okapis, RFO) of Epulu, in the Orientale Province of the DRC. This Congolese heritage was destroyed on June 24, 2012 by Simba, alias Morgan, the head of the militia.

The editor of the IBO Jeune Entreprise, Magazine économique, Infrastructure et Environnement, wrote an article entitled « What’s behind the okapi slaughter and the destruction of the Okapi Wildlife Reservation (RFO) of Epulu? ». The author indicates that when the fighters of Morgan’s militia attacked the reservation, they killed the guards put in charge of protecting the site and slayed 15 okapis.

Once the militia men were restrained, except for the head of the militia who escaped, we wonder what was the goal of the attackers behind the destruction of this ecological heritage?
What happened? The head of the militia and his men invaded the reservation, sequestrated the guards after cutting off their limbs, ate their flesh, killed them and burned them in front of their colleagues.

Other corroborative sources also reported that the spouses of the guards have been raped and one of them, a pygmy woman, was burned alive. What atrocities! Why women have to be treated this way...

The author of the article also indicates that the okapi, an emblematic animal listed as a rare species and threatened with extinction, endemic for the DRC, was then the target of the attackers. This animal, which was a source of pride for our country, attracted a lot of tourists from all over the world.

On top of this gruesome attack, there is also the destruction and theft of scientific material. These lead the public opinion to wonder about the ulterior motives of a militia that suddenly appears to spread this unspeakable barbarity.

This is not the first time that species threatened with extinction were brutally slaughtered in the DRC over the last ten years: we all remember the controversy around the only white rhinoceros of the Garamba National Park, the massacre of hippopotamuses in the Virunga National Park, North of Kivu, or the silverback gorillas of the Kauzi Biega National Park. It is important to note that the last two parks have been designated World Heritage Sites by Unesco but they are now on the verge of being removed from the list due to the repetitive destructions perpetrated against these parks.

In the context of the destructions of the ecosystems, the discovery of just one oil reservoir somewhere was enough to overshadow the protection of natural resources. And the same goes for the mass-scale rape of women.
It is the case of the destruction of the mangroves forest in the Bas Congo Province after an oil deposit has been found near Moanda. A choice must now be made between the diamond deposit and the RFO of Epulu where it was found.

This is why it is a priority to achieve peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Rebecca D's picture

Merci Madeleine

C'est encore un récit très bien écrit et très pertinent. Je te remercie de ton leadership!

Rebecca D. Inman
Portland, OR USA

MADELEINE BWENGE's picture

Merci REBECCA

Je continue à vous être très reconnaissante pour votre attention toute particulière à la situation qui se passe dans notre pays, la RDC. Nous attendons beaucoup de vous. Nous comptons sur votre plaidoyer au niveau International, et ce , en vue de soulager la détresse des femmes congolaises victimes de toutes ces atrocités. Nous comptons beaucoup sur la solidarité de toutes les femmes.

melanief7's picture

Thank you for sharing this

Thank you for sharing this article and for creating an awareness about this issue. I am incredibly saddened to hear of such a severe disregard for human and animal life. It is very frustrating to hear that this has happened and continues to happen. There are so few resources left that haven't been taken from us. I think that you are absolutely right that peace will be the first step to halt such injustices. And in order to bring peace we must create a giant voice and you are working your way towards that. So thank you again for sharing.

MADELEINE BWENGE's picture

Thank you for sharing this

Thank you very much Melanie. I think that you will help us for creating the giant voices and working to get peace in DRC, because congolese people are much suffering for the insecuriy and many human violences.

ChicagoGirl's picture

Thank you

Madeleine,
Thank you so much for talking about this horrible event. Even as I felt sad reading your article, I also felt inspired that you were able to come to this place and write about it. You are such an amazing woman! I know that you will continue to help spread learning and awareness to the people around you, which will bring change and hope.
Please keep up the good work and stay safe! You are in my prayers

MADELEINE BWENGE's picture

Thank you

Thank you for leaning this article. I wish that you make a lot of attentions for ours difficults. Thank you so very much.

Lehner's picture

Merci Madeleine, for sharing

Merci Madeleine, for sharing this terrible story of the the destruction of the Okapi Wildlife Reservation, your National treasure. What a brutal way to undermine your sense of pride and place in your beautiful country. The perpetuators have left 'no stone unturned' in looking for ways to bring horrific destruction to the Congo.

It is so important that we hear the details of these stories because only then can the world's attention be brought to your country.

Keep up the fabulous reporting!

All the best,

Monica

MADELEINE BWENGE's picture

Merci Madeleine, for sharing

Merci pour votre exploitation de notre publication. Je vous assure que c'est une très grande perte pour le pays. Malheureusement, l'impunité des auteurs continue à être observée. Cependant, si la paix revenait, tout cela ne peut plus avoir lieu. C'est ainsi que notre combat pour le retour imminent de la paix en RDC est une nécessité. Thank you very much dear Monica.

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