Male Rape Victims of Congo War

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  1. Principessa

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    Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims
    By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN





    My heart goes out to these men. :frown1: How courageous they are to report their rape in a society where they know they will be forever shunned and thought less than a man for something they had nothing to do with.:mad:
     
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    Most all of the atrocities in Africa are fueled and manipulated by more powerful forces.

    For instance I did a capstone research project about the arms trade. And guess who the 5 biggest arms exporters were? Why, they were the same 5 nations that sit on the UN Security Council (Russia, China, Uk, France, and U.S.). Ain't that wonderful?

    No wonder UN "peacekeepers" were busy sunbathing in Rwanda when hundreds of thousands were being butchered just nearby.
     
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    so now, Rape in the Congo is the fault of arms exporting countries?

    give me a break.

    and you are wrong...Germany was the #3 arms exporter. Behind the US, Russia, but ahead of UK and France.

    most of these third world armies secure weapons through private arms dealers, not the major exporters, because the major exporters specialize in the type of expensive exports that little jungle militias and insurgents cannot afford and do not need.

    when was the last time you saw an african militia armed with F16 fighters, Apache Helicopters and Virginia-Class Sumbmarines?

    you don't...because these people concentrate on easily obtained, small caliber arms.

    they can't use tanks in jungles and don't have the money, they do not have air forces, do not have ships and submarines.

    all they need are rifles, pistols, mortars, grenades, ammunition and other small caliber, low-intensity warfare weapons.

    and those are easily obtained through arms dealers and the black markets.
     
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    Just because African countries dont make up the largest market in the arms trade (and don't buy the most expensive goods) doesn't mean that Security Council nations (who are SUPPOSED to help keep the peace as they are the most powerful body in the UN) don't influence what was going on there.

    And as I can recall, it was UNSC member China who sold all the machetes to the Hutus for a dime a piece just before the massacre began....
     
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    Sheesh! :eek:fftopic: Three posts and we are already way off topic. :mad: What I want to know is what if anything can be done to help male rape victims, both here and abroad. They are a severely underserved community. :frown1:
     
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    looks like someone is getting pissy because they have not been raped over a small caliber hand gun.. patience sweetie they'll get to you.
     
  7. joyboytoy79

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    Look, I usually just shrug off your asinine, off base, and otherwise irrelevant quips. This one, however, is just flat out inappropriate and uncalled for.

    Rape is not something you joke about. Period.

    If you actually have some content to contribute, by all means, do. But don't belittle those who've been brutalized because you think it's funny. It's not funny, and it just shows how small you really are.
     
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    Oh my taken to task by someone who quotes Tori Amos...................
     
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    yes...selling $750,000 worth of machetes to a country completely dependent on an agrarian economy.

    who could have seen that coming? :rolleyes:

    a country of 7.7 million people at the time, with no other viable economic production, dirt poor, with only agriculture to sustain it...

    obviously, it is all China's fault now. :rolleyes:

    if you want to blame someone for Rwanda, blame the French...they were most directly responsible.

    but as for whose true fault it was, one need look no further than the Rwandans themselves.

    Rwandan journalist and Writer Kamilindi: “Who taught us to kill each
    other? No outsider...If we are incapable of resolving our problems
    ourselves, the international community cannot do anything for us”

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    The fact is, that Hutus and the Tutsis lived peacefully together prior to the late 1800s

    the total population was less than two million as opposed to 7.7 million
    in 1993 and land was plentiful.

    as the population boomed, land situations changed and there was a total imbalance by the mid 1980s, Rwanda was the most crowded population in Africa, with too many people and not enough land and there were already serious warning signs of famine on the horizon...10 years later, the population had grown 40% and food production had not increased at all.

    95% percent of all those employed in Rwanda, were in *AGRICULTURE*
    You had a country whose agrarian economy and food supply was decimated over and over due to drought, soil problems, overgrazing, erosion and lack of technology

    Famine and Hunger was a regular and everpresent situation for the decade before the genocide. Most of the young and angry youths who were relied upon during the genocide, had no land, jobs, food and no education

    The genocide hadn othing to do with what the UNSC or the powerful countries were doing...The Rwandan Hutu leaders decided that the best way to save "themselves" was to eliminate the Tutsis

    instead of doing rational things, they chose the path of violence.
     
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    wow...another highly intelligent claim by the master of the absurd.

    making jokes about rape is always so enlightening as to one's true intellectual power.
     
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    Thank you... great call.

    I started to get my minor in Middle Eastern Politics (w/ an emphasis on Africa... lest we forget... Sudan, Ethiopia, et al are considered under that umbrella) as an undergrad in college and it's unfathomable what happens. Especially at a smaller scale. We hear about plights in larger scales (i.e. 150,000 refugees), but the shit that happens in villages trapped inbetween. Crazy.
     
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