22 November 2012
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The ongoing humanitarian disaster in eastern Congo makes one wonder why world leaders have opted for inaction and silence. All indications seem to show that Rwanda has been granted permission to roam free in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and impose its rule. Unfortunately, Rwanda's rule in DRC has been marked by forced displacement, killings, mass rape, fabricated ethnic conflicts, illegal exploitation of Congo mineral resources. Never in the history of the world, a holocaust-- worst since World War II--has had such little media coverage, and such timid reactions from the United States, the European Union, the African Union, and the international community in general.
True, there is still a lingering sense of guilt over the world's lack of prompt response to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Rwanda has since tried to move on and rebuild, earning the world's appreciation. However, as an ally of the United States, it is failing to embody the values that the United States champions: respect for human rights, freedom of expression and movement, justice for all. The Tutsi leadership in Rwanda cannot seem to cure itself from a post traumatic disorder that seems to blind it and urges it to impose wars to its neighbor for economic, territorial, and hegemonic survival. By transposing its conflicts to DRC, it has successfully maintained a level of instability and ungovernability in eastern Congo. This has allowed Rwanda to portray DRC as failed state, hence presenting itself as alternate power vacuum filler.
Unfortunately, DRC is still under UN arms embargo, denying it the right to defend itself. By all accounts, this international conspiracy needs to end. In this 21st century, no country should be denied the right to defend itself. This is the only way DRC can deter various rebel groups and voracious neighbors from engaging in further destabilizations.
The world needs to take note. The slogan "No More Rwanda" has no significance when we allow 6 million people to die, over two million people to be displaced, thousands of women and children to be raped, and the ecosystem to be savagely destroyed. Despite this horrendous picture, the United States has yet to exert its moral leadership to stop Rwanda from continuously destabilizing eastern Congo through proxy forces (CNDP, M23, RCD, UPC, to name just a few). Instead, it is constantly preventing the Security Council of the United Nations to condemn Rwanda despite ample evidence in UN Experts Groups various reports of Rwanda's involvement in eastern Congo. What would it take for president Barack Obama and for the world's community as a whole to act to stop this senseless war?
Many in the African Diaspora believe that there is a racial undertone to the indecision of the United States and the international community. The world reaction would have been different if the victims were of a different race.
Congo Vision 22 November 2012
© 2012 Congo Vision
Through the recommendations from the Million Women Rise UK delegation to the World March of Women’s International Action in the DR Congo we invite the Government of the United Kingdom to demonstrate a political will to end the conflict in the Great Lakes region of Africa, the consequences of which include violence against civilians, particularly sexual violence against women, and millions of refugees. We recommend:
The UK Government should end its support for repressive regimes in the Great Lakes region of Africa
Congolese women spoke about the violence they endure as being the result of wider political conflicts in the Great Lakes region. Support for the Governments of Museveni in Uganda and Kagame in Rwanda, as they are currently operating, contributes to the violence and instability in the DR Congo, effectively legitimises armed violence and supports militarisation in the region