At the risk of being morbidly depressing, I’d like to direct your attention to a documentary premiering on HBO tonight entitled “The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo.”
Filmmaker Lisa Jackson traveled to the Congo to document the widespread and systematic use of rape as a weapon of war. Almost since independence (in 1960,) the DRC has been plagued by a series of low intensity conflicts (including the CIA-assisted assassination of Patrice Lumumba) In 1994, the exodus of refugees from Rwanda touched off the First Congo War. Millions were and continue to be killed and displaced, and chronic instability on the borders of the DRC have exacerbated conflicts in Rwanda, Burundi, and Sudan. Sadly, much of this only warrants a passing mention in the news.
Jackson, a rape survivor herself, explores one of the often acknowledged/simultaneously ignored aspects of this horrific conflict- the destruction (by various rebel forces and even UN peacekeepers) is has wreaked upon the women of the DRC. I won’t go into details here (it is supposed to be a food blog, after all) but suffice to say the things some of these women have experienced are unfathomable.
The documentary airs at 10:00pm tonight on HBO.