Diplomat Artist Buzz – International Day Demands Ending Child Soldiers
Children as the most vulnerable members of society are no strangers to recruitment as child soldiers in world conflicts spanning wide geographic swaths from Afghanistan to the DRC to South Sudan.
5 Most Dangerous Countries for Women
Recommended by Susan Sacirbey – Excellent, well-documented article by Khushbu Kapadia, #StudentDiplomat from Montclair State University that should be required reading for anyone interested in social justice & human rights. Read on to find out the five most dangerous countries for women.
In October, UNHCR registered 1,737 incidents in the territories of Kalemie & the so-called “triangle of death.” These included the looting & burning of houses, extortion, torture, forced labour & recruitment into armed groups, sexual violence and mass rape.
Rape & Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones
At Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, this young woman from the Ogaden Community presents her impassioned plea for recognition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvwK4NGjrc8#t=48 The UN urges reparations for victims, not just one-cash payments but land & inheritance rights.
From DRC to Somalia, Bosnia, & Syria sexual violence in conflict must end. “It is a weapon of war, aimed at civilians. It has nothing to do with sex, & everything to do with power. It is done to torture & humiliate innocent people, often very young children.”
Could Goma turn into the next Pompeii? Are ancestors sending warning about possible devastation? UN Peacekeepers are flying in to collect scientific information to avert further tragedy in the DRC from a least-studied volcano.