“Sexual atrocities in Congo’s volatile province of South Kivu extend “far beyond rape” and include sexual slavery, forced incest and cannibalism”.
Yakin Ertuk, the United Nation’s special investigator for violence against women
I have come to the conclusion that a great evil has settled over the Congo. Honestly, I cannot describe it any other way than a great evil. How else then one describe the continuing sexual atrocities, the war crimes and crimes against humanity that are being committed by the militia and in come cases the government troops and police forces.
Yakin Ertuk, the United Nation’s special investigator for violence against women, who came back from an 11 day mission to South Kivu reported on Monday says that the situation in the Congo is the worst she has ever seen in the 4 years she’s has been the special investigator. This is how she sums up the level of these atrocities…
“These acts amount to war crimes and, in some cases, crimes against humanity,”
The report details the atrocities that are being committed, many of which are simply beyond comprehension, imagination or belief and point to the fact that these perpetrators have become completely and utterly vitiated.
Erturk will be reporting her findings in September to the U.N. Human Rights Council. I really don’t know what to say except that I pray that the UN will take some form of action…