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August 2, 2009

DR Congo Cafe

Tens of thousands of women are being raped by soldiers, government-supported militia and rebel groups in the lawless eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is a systematic terror tactic in the endless struggle over the region's rich minerals: cobalt, coltan, copper, bassiterite, diamonds, gold, tin, and uranium. The most violent cases of sexual assault lead to fistula- a break in the bladder wall. They come to Heal Africa's hospital for surgery in Goma.
Let's share resources and post current stories.

KGNU.org ‘s Hemispheres Show on Dec 9, 2008 aired the following guests:
HealAfrica.org- Lyn Lusi, founder and Judy Anderson, Exec. Director
de.mondeal.com- Dr. Monica Houser
FriendsOfTheCongo.org- Maurice Carney
lGreenGrants.org - former program director, Chris Allan

Other resources:
drc.ushahidi.com maps citizen reported acts of violence and acts of peace.
"The Great Silence: Rape in The Congo" is a film by Lisa Jackson
Human Rights Watch
Institute For Public Accuracy
Foreign Policy in Focus: FPIF.org
Truthout.org
Women's E-News :Mass Stigma Scar's Congo's Rape Victims" By Dominique Soquel, Arabic editor

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