"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


congo watch

Michael at Levellers sent me this link to a segment from last night's broadcast of 60 Minutes that features Anderson Cooper reporting on the rape epidemic from the eastern D.R. Congo.

Please, please, please watch it.

It isn't easy, but it is reality. Dr. Mukwege, the chief of medicine at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, is an amazing man. I interviewed him for my dissertation and learned all about the hospital he started and runs. It is supported by two local Pentecostal denominations, one with its roots in Sweden and the other from Norwegian missions. Dr. Mukwege sees and processes the absolute worst things that people do to one another. He and his staff need your prayers every single day, as do, of course, their patients, and all the women and girls who never make it to Panzi or Heal Africa, or any other health facility.

The film flips back and forth between Bukavu (where Panzi is) and Goma. So many familiar places stir up so many memories. The court they show at the end is about 2 blocks from C & E's house.

I like this clip because it tells the story well, but it also shows you what it's like in the DRC. It gives you an idea of what the spectacular landscape looks like; it also shows you the nicest hospital in the region. And I love that it ends with hope, with a baby named Bahati ("luck") whose 24-year-old mother has endured more suffering than most of us will see in a lifetime, but who still found it in herself to see this child as a blessing rather than a curse.

Please watch the clip. Tell me what you think. Let me know if you have questions and I'll try to find an answer.


Blogger Gary Snowden said...

That was a powerful piece. I've read your blog entries about this horrific problem, but seeing the faces of the victims really brought it home.

Monday, January 14, 2008 11:00:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I want to know is - What can we do? We all feel horrid by this story but what is the point if I can't do anything.It is just reading another tragic tale.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:01:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Hey, anon, thanks for stopping by. There's a link on the righthand side of this blog called "ways to help Congolese women and girls who are victims of rape" - it links to an article with lots of practicall, concrete suggestions on ways to help.

Gary, yeah, there's something about real people that makes it impossible to forget.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 8:36:00 AM


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