camcorders for the congo
I'll be honest. Gettleman's report on Hillary Clinton's visit to Goma was so predictable that I really only planned to skim it. Then I got to this sentence and had to do a double-take:
"Speaking during an unprecedented visit by an American secretary of state to Goma, in the epicenter of Congo’s war-torn east, she said the American government would help train gynecologists, supply rape victims with video cameras to document violence and dispatch military engineers to help train Congolese police officers to crack down on rapists."
Are they kidding? Let's review:
- $17 million to help rape victims in the eastern Congo: good.
- Training more gynocologists to perform fistula surgery and to treat victims of gender-based violence: good.
- Training Congolese police officers to identify, arrest, and hand over for prosecution rapists: good.
- Clinton actually meeting with local human rights workers & visiting an IDP camp: good.
- Giving rape victims video cameras so they can "document violence": WHAT?!?
But video cameras?!? VIDEO CAMERAS?!? We looked at all the immediate and pressing needs of the people of the eastern Congo - 1200 of whom die every day - and someone at USAID decided that VIDEO CAMERAS are one of the things on which those precious resources should be spent?
I don't even know what to say.