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December 4, 2009 at 12:45 PM | Posted in Higher Definition, I support this | 3 Comments

From the Women In War Zones Website: Thousands of women have been victims of violent gang rapes in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since Hutu rebels, known as the Interahamwe, fled Rwanda after the genocide in 1994. The DRC was officially at war from 1998-2003, with seven neighboring countries invading the vast nation at one point. As many as 20 rebel military factions have been involved, preying upon poor villagers, especially women, for their survival. The rebels pillage, rape women, steal harvests and burn villages periodically to maintain their own supplies.

Women in War Zones: Sexual Violence in the Congo, documents two friends who are fistula patients in D.R. Congo. These two women have survived sexual violence and mutilation. Women travel to Panzi Hospital from all over war-torn eastern Congo hoping to regain a normal life. After the long wait for surgery and physical healing they face rejection from their society and often their own families.

My friend, Scott Blanding is one of the film-makers. He was one of my team members on our Habitat for Humanity Service Trip in Belize. He is the most kind-hearted person you could ever meet. This is one of the causes he feels extremely passionate about and after seeing the film myself, it certainly would compel and mobilize anyone to action. Visit the site here and check out information on donations and screenings.

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