Since the late 1990s, more people have died in war-torn Congo than in any conflict since World War II. In addition to the dead, hundreds of thousands of woman and girls have been raped. Rape, explains a British colonel, is a weapon of war, part of a destabilization covering the theft of valuable minerals. Rape victims are traumatized, injured, abandoned by husbands, pregnant, and ravaged by disease. Lisa Jackson, herself a sexual-assault victim, travels into the bush to interview soldiers who rape seemingly routinely; she asks them why. In Bakuva (east Congo), we meet women and children, a doctor, a policewoman, and a government minister. They comment. There is no end in sight. Written by
The film-making itself was raw but that's no concern because the content was purpose of the film.
I appreciated that the director, being a gang-rape survivor herself, reached out to congalese women who are constantly vulnerable to rape attacks. In the war-ridden congo, it is too common for a woman to be a victim of rape. The film does not hold back on the graphic details of these rapes... a situation that seems almost unreal because it is so heinous and widespread.
Rape victims are interviewed in villages and hospitals about how they have lost their families and lives because of rape. The director even interviewed rapists who came up with excuses for their actions. She interviewed mothers who are raising children from rapes and also showed orphans or rape who may end up in the coltan mines. While it is difficult to watch this subject, it is necessary to know about this situation so that we, the viewers, can be moved to action. I truly am thankful the director has provided this powerful perspective into a crisis that needs to be stopped in the congo.
The director stated her intention behind the film was to spark action for people to get involved with helping rape victim women and contacting cell phone companies to demand conflit free coltan in our cell phones. I came away from the film better educated on this situation and inspired to get involved in causes supporting congalese rape victims and asking for safe coltan practices.
Please watch this film and get involved.
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