Links

Denis Mukwege, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, tells the heartbreaking story of the situation for women in his home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as giving a short introduction to the conflict itself.


For further information about sexual violence as a weapon of war in DRC, I strongly recommend a book by two researchers who decided to ask the government’s soldiers about why they rape women:

Eriksson-Baaz, M. & Stern, M. (2013). Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War? Perceptions, Prescriptions, Problems in the Congo and Beyond. London: Zed Books Ltd 

If you want a more easy going approach to the subject, the NBC show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, season 11 episode 16 discuss the subject of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the refugee convention not covering gender violence.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) have an entire page dedicated to the Bemba case. Many of his hearings can be watched at youtube in both English, French and Sango.

https://www.icc-cpi.int/car/bemba

To watch a documentary about United Nations covering up the involvement of the Congolese government in the murders of the UN workers Zaida Catalán and Michael Sharp, see:

https://www.svtplay.se/video/20180962/uppdrag-granskning/uppdrag-granskning-sasong-19-deceptive-diplomacy-english-version?cmpid=del:an:12-16-2018:uppdrag-granskning:pla:lp-app

or, same documentary in Swedish:


https://www.svtplay.se/video/20179034/uppdrag-granskning/uppdrag-granskning-sasong-19-fn-och-morklaggningen?cmpid=del:an:12-16-2018:uppdrag-granskning:pla:lp-app

There are several articles discussing sexual violence and migration policy. Here are some that the Mukwege Foundation recommends:

Benner, Katie and Dickerson Caitlin. Session Says Domestic and Gang Violence Are Not Grounds for Asylum. New York Times. June 11, 2018. Available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/us/politics/sessions-domestic-violence-asylum.html

Parish, Anja. Gender-Based Violence against Women: Both Cause for Migration and Risk along the Journey. Migration Policy Institute. September 7, 2017. Available at: https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/gender-based-violence-against-women-both-cause-migration-and-risk-along-journey

Ramos, Catherine. Congo is torturing citizens who have been refused asylum in the UK. The Guardian. January, 16. 2012. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/libertycentral/2012/jan/16/congo-torture-refused-asylum-uk

You will find a lot more material online, but please remember to evaluate the source of information. Of course, you can always read the court cases for yourself. Remember first hand information is the best information, but also: two people can have two completely different views of the same subject or happenings, without one being correct and the other one being wrong. Sometimes it is just two completely different perspectives. Also remember that political and economic interests are involved in the mining situation in DRC. Just because something comes from a government source, it does not mean it has to be true. If you want a cold shower or reminder of source evaluation, watch the documentary linked above about the UN covering up murders made by the Congolese government.