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DR Congo army commander ‘led mass rape’ in Fizi + more than 600 raped along border.

Posted by Anonymous on January 19, 2011

Congolese soldiers ( file photo)An army commander in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been accused of leading the recent mass rape of at least 50 women.

One of the victims, as well as sources quoted in a UN report, all accuse Lt Col Kibibi Mutware of links to New Year’s Day rapes in the town of Fizi.

There have been numerous cases of mass rape in DR Congo’s conflict but this is believed to be the largest single incident allegedly involving the army.

… As in previous cases of rape in DR Congo, many victims are expected to keep their plight secret to avoid being abandoned by their husbands and families.

Two of them agreed to talk anonymously after medics told the BBC they had been raped.

“I was raped in front of my four children,” one of them told the BBC.

“I’m ashamed, very ashamed. If I meet two or three people who are having a discussion, I assume they are talking about me, even though it is not the case.”

The other woman was able to identify her attackers.

“It was 1900 [in the evening] and those who raped me were members of the military,” she said in a low voice, her body wrapped in a colourful cloth.

“There were four of them – Kibibi and his bodyguards. They stole all our belongings and our money.”


Map of DR CongoThis woman was not the only one accusing Lt Col Kibibi, current commander of the 43rd sector in the army’s Amani Leo (Peace Today) operation against rebel groups which still roam eastern DR Congo eight years after the country’s war officially ended….

Lt Col Kibibi is a strong man with a small moustache and a boonie hat. When I met him, he was sitting behind a table on which only two mobile phones and one walkie-talkie were visible.

Speaking in the thatched hut from which he commands his troops, he dismissed all accusations levelled against him as rumours and said that those soldiers who committed the crimes had disobeyed his orders to stay in the camp.

He added that he only left his base briefly on 1 January to assess the death of the lynched soldier, and only heard about the night’s violence the next morning. …

Lt Col Vianney Kazarama, the army spokesman for operations in South Kivu province, acknowledged that government soldiers were responsible for the Fizi attack but he promised swift legal action.

“All those people who have abused the population have already been arrested. The zero-tolerance policy will be enforced on the spot in Fizi,” he told the BBC. …

Lt Col Kibibi is a former member of the CNDP rebel group, which has previously been accused of numerous human rights abuses.

He was integrated into the national army as part of a peace agreement in 2009.

According to a local military source, his unit is a mixture of former militias based on Rwandan-speaking ethnic groups.

Those troops were deployed to Fizi where a conflict between the majority Babembe group and the neighbouring Banyamulenge – another Rwandan-speaking ethnic group – had been simmering for generations.

Fizi residents and soldiers also clashed in April 2010.

ending-mass-rape-in-the-dr-congo1The 16 years of unrest in eastern DR Congo have become notorious for the widespread sexual abuse of women and young girls.

More than 300 women, men and children were raped by a coalition of rebel groups in the town of Luvungi and neighbouring villages in North Kivu within miles of a UN base in August. …

via BBC News – DR Congo army commander ‘led mass rape’ in Fizi.

More than 600 women and girls were recently raped along the Congo-Angola border during a mass expulsion of illegal immigrants, according to the United Nations.

Many of the victims said they were locked in dungeon-like conditions for several weeks while they were raped repeatedly by security forces. At least one woman died from her internal injuries, United Nations officials said.

Maurizio Giuliano, a United Nations spokesman in the Democratic Republic of Congo, said Friday that it was unclear on which side of the Congo-Angola border the women had been attacked, and that the United Nations was calling on both countries to investigate promptly.

“What worries us is that rape seems to be becoming endemic in several parts of Congo,” Mr. Giuliano said, also referring to recent rapes in the eastern Kivu provinces. “We fear it’s becoming part of the routine.”

Read more at NYT

Four armed men barged into Anna Mburano’s hut, slapped the children and threw them down. They flipped Mrs. Mburano on her back, she said, and raped her, repeatedly.

It did not matter that dozens of United Nations peacekeepers were based just up the road. Or that Mrs. Mburano is around 80 years old.

“Grandsons!” she yelled. “Get off me!”

via New York Times

This must stop. Get better UN troops down there. Investigate. Have fair trials and get these African military rapists locked up. Change the culture so it doesn’t keep happening.  I don’t know if the soldier in the image is a rapist, but looking at him and reading these stories, I’m so angry that I’m visualizing really bad things happening to him. What else can be done? Arm the women and children with better weapons than these animals?

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State of emergency declared in Tunisia

Posted by Anonymous on January 19, 2011

File:LocationTunisia.pngAfter weeks of chaos, Prime Minister of Tunisia, Mohammed Ghannouchi, has stated that he is taking power of the country. Recent violence has caused the country to shut down its airspace, lead the United States State Department to advise against visiting the country, and forced a state of emergency to be declared. “I can confirm that the army is at the airport. Armoured vehicles are surrounding the airport,” an official source stated. Rumors of attempts to flee by the President’s staff have been reported as well. President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has authorized the transition according to television reports.Hamma Hammami, the opposition leader from the Tunisian Workers’ Communist Party, has been released after being held by authorities for three days. Yesterday, the Tunisian government declared a countrywide state of emergency after protests throughout the country. All public gatherings have been forbidden and “the police and the army are authorised to fire on any suspect person who has not obeyed orders or fled without the possibility of being stopped”, according to a statement released by the government.Additionally, a 12-hour curfew was imposed at 6:00 pm local time 1700 GMT Friday in response to thousands marching in the capital city before authorities fired tear gas into the crowd.

via State of emergency declared in Tunisia – Wikinews, the free news source.

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Researchers use LCD projector for mind control

Posted by Anonymous on January 19, 2011

http://i.zdnet.com/blogs/28785_web.jpg?tag=mantle_skin;contentResearchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have announced that, using inexpensive components from a liquid crystal display (LCD) projector, they’re able to control the brain circuits in tiny laboratory animals, including freely moving worms.This is a first in the field of optogenetics, a mix of optical and genetic techniques that has allowed researchers to probe and control genetically targeted neural circuits in laboratory animals.

The illumination system is described in a recent edition of the journal Nature Methods. The prototype system includes a modified off-the-shelf LCD projector, which is used to cast a multi-color pattern of light onto an animal. The independent red, green and blue channels allow researchers to activate excitable cells sensitive to specific colors, while simultaneously silencing others.

“Because the central component of the illumination system is a commercially available projector, the system’s cost and complexity are dramatically reduced, which we hope will enable wider adoption of this tool by the research community,” explained Lu.

The researchers connected the illumination system to a microscope and combined it with video tracking, enabling them to track and record the behavior of freely moving animals, while maintaining the lighting in the intended anatomical position. When the animal moves, changes to the light’s location, intensity and color can be updated in less than 40 milliseconds, according to a news release.

For their first experiment, the researchers illuminated the head of a worm (Caenorhabditis elegans) at regular intervals while the animal moved forward. This produced a coiling effect in the head and caused the worm to crawl in a triangular pattern …

via Researchers use LCD projector for mind control | ZDNet.

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