– Sep 25, 2012
Some sentences stop you in your tracks.
“When we returned we found our house burnt down and bones scattered around. I imagine they were my father and brother’s.”
Marianne was just an infant when they came. She has little memory of it but her mother has told her what happened. They killed her father and brother instantly. Then they took her mother and sister into the next room.
“Where did he take you both?’ I asked. ‘You will understand when you are older’ was all she would tell me.”
If this was in the Canadian press you would consider it a singularly brutal crime. But this happened in central Africa and it’s far from uncommon.
The men who committed these heinous crimes have not been caught and will likely never face justice. Murderers and rapists operate within a culture of impunity. And the problem is growing increasingly urgent as conflicts escalate in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.
In the Congo alone, a sudden intensification of violence has forced well over 250,000 children from their homes into makeshift camps, leaving them profoundly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, in a country already described as being the “rape capital of the world”. In South Kivu where War Child is based, 40 women are raped every day. That is 1,000 new cases every month in that province alone.
War Child has been present in the country for almost ten years and has been responding to the rampant rape and abuse of women and young girls through protection programs and community outreach. In recent months, the need for our service has expanded exponentially and we are fielding a dramatic rise in support requests from children, women and community members.
We urgently need your help to respond to the increasing incidences of sexual violence, to deliver training and support on rape management and prevention, and to build stronger networks for survivors.
Supporting us are longstanding friends, the Slaight family, who have committed to matching any donations made to War Child through to the end of the year, up to $100,000. This means, every dollar you invest will be worth two.
With your help, we can and will deliver direct and urgent support to the mothers and children of central Africa who are being brutalized on an unimaginable scale.
I was born in Sierra Leone and now live in Edmonton AB, Canada. I just want to say thank you so much for such an amazing story. This stroy brought tears to my eyes, knowing that MY people are still suffering but yet have a positive attitude towards life. Thank for this wonderful story :)
I am impressed. If all this is happening in real world and real life and time, in Uganda, then we are by all accounts, on our way to seriously addressing some of the most critical issues bedeviling sub-regions of Northern Uganda, which was devastated by more than a decade of war and civil strive, leaving many in human need and want.
Continued community education and essential skills training,supported by legal advocacy and action, is an important step forward, towards eradicating such evil in society, in hopes of empowering rural communities, for a more tolerant, cohesive, inclusive, democratic, peaceful, just and fair society.
Such is a surmountable task for one group to accomplice, on their own. Every effort War Child is making in that direction, should be supported by all those who care for the communities living in the sub-regions of Northern Uganda.They should pitch in. whatever support they can garner. So, what sort of sacrifices are you willing to make, to successfully accomplice this noble task? To improve conditions of living and change people's lives for the better! What action can you take now?
Wow, that really sucks. Poor Charles, it must be hard to here that your sister got raped. Luckely he had the training he needed.
Everyday we get closer to a solution!
This is a wonderful initiative, many thanks to those who have done the work to bring this day about!
Well music has always been a relaxing and enjoyable medium to relax in this phase of life. It is the only way by which people of different qualification come together to make something that targets the amusement of the public. So here is the example of something happening for everyone.
Sound Recording Studio
People who live luxuriously at rich counties do not care about the environment or generation of waste. Eventhough the awareness programs are conducted, they wouldn't follow the rules properly. But people in the undeveloped countries use less amount of energy and recycle as much as possible. Due to inadequate facilities, people follow the simple way of life and they save lot of natural resources. Small things can achieve big targets.
Perhaps the time has arrived for more peace talk and less war talk
When will the auction begin on August 8th? What is the link to it?