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Rape as a Weapon of Mass Psychological Destruction in the DRC

Rape in the DRC

By Miguel Galaz I am a white European, 25 year old male, and have led by all accounts a privileged life, absent all wants and means.  My parents did everything they could to provide me and my sister with everything that was denied their generation. However I find myself sitting here, on the verge of tears, learning more and more about a region I only know a little about. Let me try to convey to you what is running through my mind right now. 4 every 5 minutes, 48 every hour, 1152 every day, nearly 420500 every year: not just numbers, but rather the projected rapes that happen in the Democratic Republic of Congo, every minute, every day, and every year since sexual violence was introduced as a weapon of war in the region when conflicts began around 1998. Read More »

Guatemala: Relinquishing a Violent Inheritance


By Rebeca Fernández Societies that have been immersed in violent conflict bear an emotional mark. The sentiments of sorrow, despair, mistrust, and anger developed during the struggle are carried into peace times; accompanied by a set of conducts that help citizens both to survive and hurt others. In Guatemala, the most visible conduct stigma left by the Guerilla Wars is an ever-increasing bout of gender violence. Sixteen years have passed since the signature of a peace agreement, yet Guatemala still ranks as the 4th most violent country in Latin America, according to a 2011 World Bank Report. Most of the violence afflicts young men involved in gang activities and drug Read More »

Change Is Possible: Burma


By Nadia Buhna Burma, the once feudal society, colonized by the British Empire in the late 19th century, became independent in 1948. Soon after gaining independence, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (another name used for the country) was plunged into a decades-long civil war as a result of a military coup in 1962. The year 2008 brought the Burmese constitutional reform leading to a general election in 2010 in which the military-backed administration of President Thein Sein took power replacing the military junta. Claims that the elections were neither free nor fair were made by national and international bodies. The April 2012 result of the by elections in Burma, however, is a promising sign of a successful pro democracy movement in the country as National League for Democracy, led by Nobel  peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, Read More »

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