8.29.2010

Weekly Roundup

Source: HRW
Sudan - LRA Spreading Reign of Death into South Sudan: It seems like the LRA of Uganda are now rebuilding and regrouping as attacks in South Sudan, Congo, and Central African Republic are rising. Over the past few months, hundreds have been kidnapped (most of whom are children) in a massive abduction campaign in C.A.R. and DRC. The leader of the LRA, Joseph Kony, continues to evade being captured by the Ugandan army. Violence is now rising in South Sudan, which is not good as the referendum is drawing near.

Democratic Republic of Congo - Rebels gang-rape almost 200 women in Congo attack: This completely sickens me. The Democratic Republic of Congo is named the 'rape capital of the world' for a reason. As a result of the war in DRC that took place from 1998-2003, various rebel factions have split off and reigned terror in eastern Congo. Now a proxy-war is taking place there where rebel groups raid villages, rape women, and kill opposition. In the early months of 2009, 5,400 women reported being raped. In early August, rebel groups attacked a village in eastern DRC and raped 179 women. Despite the violence that continues to take place, the U.N. is still removing peacekeeping forces in order stay on track to end the mission by next year. To me, ending the mission at this point is just asking for the terror to get worse and the situation to deteriorate even more quickly. Although this news is horrible to hear, I hate that we don't get it on our news. It's things like this that the world doesn't know. I think if more people knew of what was occurring there, they'd feel more obligated to help.

Gaza - Water supplied in Gaza unfit for drinking; Israel prevents entry of materials needed to repair system: I knew the water situation in Gaza in Palestine was bad, but I didn't know it was this bad: 95% of the water in Gaza is polluted and unfit for drinking. Since June 2007, Israel has prevented the entry of materials that would rebuild the water system in Gaza. Clearly something needs to change here to allow these innocent civilians to have the right and access to clean drinking water.

Kyrgyzstan - On the heels of ethnic violence, U.N. fears hunger in Kyrgyzstan: After the ethnic violence that took place in June, malnutrition now threatens the country. The WFP reports that in July 1.4 million people (over 25% of the population) was at risk of malnutrition and hunger and that is when food was easily available. Hundreds of thousands more are at risk in the coming months. WFP is beginning an initiative to deliver monthly rations of food to 300,000 people by the end of the year.

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