I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Saturday, March 27, 2010

DR Congo Rebel Massacre of Hundreds is Uncovered

Sometimes even the most light-hearted of people must get serious. If you know me well, you know that I have a connection with the Democratic Republic of Congo. It's a long and complicated story, but you could say that I have family in DROC. That's why this kind of news rips me apart more than most.
Evidence of the massacre of at least 321 people in Democratic Republic of Congo has been uncovered by the BBC.
The killings took place last December but have not previously been reported.
Fighters from the notorious Lord's Resistance Army raided several villages in a remote part of north-eastern DR Congo, killing and abducting children
Human Rights Watch says this is one of the worst massacres carried out by the LRA, whose fighters roam across several countries after spreading from Uganda.
The rebel leaders initially claimed to be fighting to install a theocracy in Uganda based on the Biblical Ten Commandments, but they now sow terror in Sudan and Central African Republic, as well as DR Congo.
You can read the full article here at BBC News. Here is a similar article from The New York Times.

You might ask how something like this goes overlooked. I might ask you if there are a lot of things that get overlooked when people are too busy arguing whether or not health care is socialism. I think half of us are too busy Obama-izing our profiles and the other half are too busy turning Obama posters into Joker mockeries to really care about anything anymore.

You may have detected some bitterness in the last couple of sentences.

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