what are we hearing from DRC, Goma?

Sheil
Posted November 20, 2012 from United States

Hello EVAW, With the takeover of Goma today by the M23 forces, what are we hearing from our World Pulse bloggers in the area? I fear they may face even greater gender violence.

Sheila

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Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Nov 21, 2012
Nov 21, 2012

My dear the situation is so scary and worrying. I cannot imagine what those women are going through in Goma. How can we help them. God be with the women and children in DRC.

mrbeckbeck
Nov 21, 2012
Nov 21, 2012

It is terrifying to imagine. Here is a link to a post from Anuarite, a leader among the women we're working with in DRC. She and the rest of the group are in South Kivu, in the city of Bukavu. They are fearing that they are the next target.

http://worldpulse.com/node/61601

"Today we for 12 hours we receive phone calls from our friends living in the North - Kivu, Goma airport that is now in the hands of rebel soldiers walking in neighborhoods with guns and rifles in hand, and we who are in Bukavu, we could be snuffed within 48 hours by these rebels. At the time I write this story, I have a fear in me of how to escape. People do not know what to do. Understand that insecurity persists in our country. Pray for us"

I encourage you to send your comments and peaceful thoughts to these women and all of the world. Also, there are a couple of petitions you can sign to demand action:

http://www.raisehopeforcongo.org/m23gomahttps://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/demand-rwanda-cease-all-suppor...
Kadidia Doumbia
Nov 25, 2012
Nov 25, 2012

The situation in Congo is a shame. This is a world disaster, an international humanitarian failure. How can the UN waits to undertake an action to save the population.

mrbeckbeck
Dec 05, 2012
Dec 05, 2012

Hi again, I just wanted to make sure that everyone saw Neema's petition on Change.org: http://www.change.org/congowomen

I encourage you to sign this today, and share it far and wide among your networks.

Thank you, Scott