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Today, in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, rape is taking place on a scale that is almost unimaginable. In the last ten years, hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped – but their suffering goes unacknowledged. Instead, they are invisible, shamed and mute.

This is the story of one filmmaker’s crusade to break the silence surrounding this shocking reality, armed with a firsthand connection with the women and men she meets. Winner of a Special Jury Prize (Documentary) at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo premiered on Tuesday, April 8 and can be seen on the HBO “OnDemand” Channel under “Documentaries.

To learn more about The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo please visit www.thegreatestsilence.org or www.hbo.com/docs/programs/thegreatestsilence/index.html

To help please visit www.hbo.com/docs/programs/thegreatestsilence/resources.html for a list of resources.

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  • This movie has forever changed my life. It touched me so much that it moves me to tears every time I look at it. I can not believe this continues to go on. Each and every woman and girl in this film reminds me of my Mother, Sister, Aunt and Cousins. My Sisters in the Congo and all over Africa are so beautiful and strong and I will continue to pray for them and the men (our brothers) who engage this atrocious act.

    If you have not seen this film please do so. If you have digital cable and HBO you can see it on “HBO OnDemand” or visit their website for more info on the film. Please visit the resources link to find out how you can help.

  • Great post i’ve also posted on this issue on my blog http://ebonyintuition.blogspot.com/

  • When I saw this film it really reinforced the global connection African American women have to the rest of the world. I think sometimes we forget OUR place in the world.

    Through this film I realized, that on the most basic level we are connected through our own stories of sexual abuse and rape and we should take charge to help each of us (all across the globe) so that our daughters will live a different life.

    The men who spoke about their crimes so easily and freely in this film are no different than the men who speak so freely of it right here in our “industrialized” nation.

    We need to recognize and react. I long for the day when the chant and the new Hollywood “IN” cause will not be “green”, but “pink”!

    Here is another site (which I had a hand in building) that speaks to the topic of rape as a tool of war in DRC: http://www.stoprapeindrc.org.

    Share, learn, get mad, get furious and CHANGE!

  • RifRaf

    I think everytime I hear Jill Scott’s song “How it make you feel” it makes me think of these sisters who live in war torn countries. The DRC is one of those examples of a country where people are begging to be heard, seen, and helped by the outside world – yet it always gets ignored.

    The situation in the Congo is the result of many years of instability some indirectly feuled by our own government – or outright ignored as in the case of King Leopold II and his genocidal campaign that killed AT LEAST 10,000,000 possibly as many as 20,000,000 Congolese – and this is right before the Jewish holocaust took place. So from the jump of its independence Congo not only had its own issues but misfortune extends from the conflicts occurring in neighboring countries. In this case Rwanda, as many of the soldiers reported to be raping, murdering, and assaulting these women are renegades in exile from the conflict in Rwanda over a decade ago. The sad part is you wonder what kind of mental and spiritual disrepair it takes for brothers to do such hateful and destructive actions against women who ultimately represent the origin from whence they came.

    Aside from the wonderful work that a girl name rock mentioned: http://www.stoprapeindrc.org. I also heard Eve Ensler’s V-day organization has extended outreach to women in New Orleans, Haiti, and the Congo as well. http://www.vday.org

  • Cola

    Clutch thanks for this. I am going to watch this tonight. Words can’t begin to describe how I feel about the situation in Congo. I am pissed that more coverage hasn’t been given to the women of Congo. Its as if the world is turning a blind eye to these unscrupulous acts!

    To the other posters thanks for the links. I plan on getting involved!