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AFRICA GREAT LAKES UPDATE: January 2009

Friday 2 January -- Accompanied by GMLK members, the team visited Mugunga 1 and Mugunga 3 camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). They talked to families who had been forced to leave their homes because of fighting by rebel National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP) soldiers. Several of the women willing to share their stories had been raped by CNDP soldiers. Young men told of CNDP and Rwandan soldiers forcibly taking children from their villages to be trained as soldiers. IDPs are living in banana-leaf huts, in deplorable conditions, with little to fill their time. Some have taken refuge in Mugunga 1 for over a year, while others fled their homes during the conflict last fall.

AFRICA GREAT LAKES REFLECTION: Taking the initiative from the actors of violence

In violent settings, nonviolent activists need to re-frame the action so that they, rather than violent actors, hold the initiative.

AFRICA GREAT LAKES ACTION ALERT: Call for compliance with processes of International Criminal Court

Africa Great Lakes CPT (AGLCPT) requests supporters to contact their governments and the embassies of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda to encourage compliance with the processes of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

AFRICA GREAT LAKES POEM: to Masika

Does the moon still shine woman of Congo
as your heart overflows tears
Can the moon light your sky
Has the spring run dry
Has the Light gone where no one knows?

AFRICA GREAT LAKES: Meeting Masika

I met Masika last month, when our Christian Peacemaker Team traveled to Minova.
Masika was with her husband and two daughters when Nkunda's rebel soldiers
came into her home in Buganga.  They shot and killed her husband and forced her to lie in his blood. Then 14 of the men proceeded to rape her. They also raped her daughters, one 14 and the other16 years old.  Both girls became pregnant from the rapes. Masika reported the rapes to the police, who did nothing.