16 Jan 2013

Dr. Denis Mukwege: The Man we need


The Man we need

DRC gynoBy Jennifer Fierberg

True heroes are hard to find in our world today. So when one courageously stands up for the rights of others there deserves to be recognition and celebration of such a man. In the Democratic Republic of Congo a man dwells there who is a local hero, a true hero in every sense of the word. He serves selflessly, loves unconditionally and heals more than just the body of his patients.  He is a man that serves with everything he has and when he can't serve anymore due to exhaustion, heartbreak or discouragement he digs deeper and finds the strength he needs to keep going. This man is Dr. Denis Mukwege. He serves at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, DRC as the primary gynecologist to the women of the region who have been viciously raped and left with debilitating injuries. He specializes in the treatment of women who have been gang-raped by Rwandan militia. Dr.  Mukwege has become the world's leading expert on how to repair the internal physical damage caused by gang rape. He has treated several thousands of women since the 1998 Congo's war, some of them more than once, performing up to 10 surgeries a day. He has described how his patients arrive at the hospital sometimes naked, usually bleeding and leaking urine and feces from torn vaginas. His work is nothing less than miraculous to the women he so faithfully cares for and the families he treats.

Many sources reported, and Dr. Mukwege himself stated, that In September 2012, Mukwege made a strong speech at the UN condemning impunity for mass rape in the DRC, criticizing both President Joseph Kabila and the Rwandan government's role in mass rapes in Eastern Congo. On October 25, 2012, four gunmen attacked Dr. Mukwege's home, killing his guard. Shots were fired at Dr. Mukwege who avoided the bullets by throwing himself to the ground. After the assassination attempt, Dr. Mukwege fled to Brussels and the Panzi unit reported that his absence had an "overwhelming effect" on daily operations at the unit due to the ongoing and ever increasing instability caused by the FARDC soldiers as well as the Rwandan backed M23 rebel group.

Dr. Mukwege's absence from Panzi Hospitial these last twelve weeks left the place with many patients and medical needs that required his attention. Though far away, the needs in his homeland were never far from his mind. In turn, the women and families he served missed him dearly and raised the needed funds for him to return. Obviously, Dr. Mukwege could afford the cost of the plane ticket to return but the women devoted their salaries of $1USD per day to purchase the ticket for him. These women organized from many parts of the area to save their monies from selling their vegetables and fruits in order to bring him back. Dr. Mukwege felt compelled to return without concern for his safety but for the safety of his patients and the community he serves.  He returned to a hero's welcome of women dancing and singing, yelling his name and tears of joy for seeing the man who they knew would help him. Thousands gathered at the airport and hailed his arrival.

Dr. Mukwege once said, "Rape as an atomic bomb lasting for generations." Not only are mothers raped but so are their children and sisters and cousins and many others.  Women are raped in front of their husband and children thus destroying the family unit. Rape goes beyond being a military tactic because when you destroy the women of a community you destroy every facet therein.  Men can no longer look at their wives and will most often leave them and shun them in their communities. Even children have been known to turn on their mothers after seeing them raped. In one interview Dr. Mukwege stated that he can tell which rebel group has raped a woman that has come in for his services. He stated that there is a method and pattern to the way each group viciously destroys these women and he can track who is in which area based on this data.

While in Sweden and Belgium Dr. Mukwege answered the questions he is most often asked, "How can we help?" He provided three levels of actions people can take: 1) Make Congolese government accountable to its citizens, 2) There need to be pressure on regional leaders to  make them become part of the solution not part of the problem as they have been so far, 3) Human people are suffering not just Congolese. He urged the people to stop looking at rapes in Congo as statistics; it's not numbers but human lives. Further he stated to lobby local officials in all countries to support humanity in Congo. Imagine it was your mother, sister or daughter and act accordingly.

In a press release today published by Physicians for Human Rights, they stated that:

Thousands of people, many wearing T-shirts of welcome, were on hand to greet Dr. Mukwege at the airport, where he arrived, accompanied by several Belgian physicians and PHR's DRC coordinator, to an emotional outpouring of support.

"In my life, I have started to dream again," Dr. Mukwege said in a subsequent phone call with PHR. "When the population stands up to say they support what we do, it is so positive. I was crying. It was beautiful. I have hope."

"The tremendous welcome Dr. Mukwege received today in Bukavu is a clear sign of the admiration, respect, and love so many Congolese have for this champion of women's rights and peace in his country," said Susannah Sirkin, deputy director of PHR. "As a distinguished doctor, he's put himself in harm's way to stand up for these women and ensure that they receive not just medical care, but justice."

This is the hero that the DRC needs. Dr. Mukwege cares not for his own safety but for the healing of the DRC. His work, his devotion and his love for his country are undeniable and should be recognized by all.

For more information on what Dr. Mukwege does visit the Panzi Hospital website here. Further, there is a Facebook page with a petition for Dr. Mukwege to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Please visit the page and sign the petition.

Our world needs more heroes like Dr. Denis Mukwege.

Source: africaglobalvillage.com


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United Kingdom's Proxy Wars in Africa: The Case of Rwanda and DR Congo:

The Rwandan genocide and 6,000,000 Congolese and Hutu refugees killed are the culminating point of a long UK’s battle to expand their influence to the African Great Lakes Region. UK supported Kagame’s guerrilla war by providing military support and money. The UK refused to intervene in Rwanda during the genocide to allow Kagame to take power by military means that triggered the genocide. Kagame’s fighters and their families were on the Ugandan payroll paid by UK budget support.


· 4 Heads of State assassinated in the francophone African Great Lakes Region.
· 2,000,000 people died in Hutu and Tutsi genocides in Rwanda, Burundi and RD.Congo.
· 600,000 Hutu refugees killed in R.D.Congo, Uganda, Central African Republic and Rep of Congo.
· 6,000,000 Congolese dead.
· 8,000,000 internal displaced people in Rwanda, Burundi and DR. Congo.
· 500,000 permanent Rwandan and Burundian Hutu refugees, and Congolese refugees around the world.
· English language expansion to Rwanda to replace the French language.
· 20,000 Kagame’s fighters paid salaries from the British Budget Support from 1986 to present.
· £500,000 of British taxpayer’s money paid, so far, to Kagame and his cronies through the budget support, SWAPs, Tutsi-dominated parliament, consultancy, British and Tutsi-owned NGOs.
· Kagame has paid back the British aid received to invade Rwanda and to strengthen his political power by joining the East African Community together with Burundi, joining the Commonwealth, imposing the English Language to Rwandans to replace the French language; helping the British to establish businesses and to access to jobs in Rwanda, and to exploit minerals in D.R.Congo.



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Thousands of Hutu murdered by Kagame inside Rwanda, e.g. Kibeho massacres
Kagame killed 200,000 Hutus from all regions of the country, the elderly and children who were left by their relatives, the disabled were burned alive. Other thousands of people were killed in several camps of displaced persons including Kibeho camp. All these war crimes remain unpunished.The British news reporters were accompanying Kagame’s fighters on day-by-day basis and witnessed these massacres, but they never reported on this.

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25,000  Hutu bodies  floated down River Akagera into Lake Victoria in Uganda.
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The need to fight this impunity has become even clearer with the massacres and genocide in many parts of Africa and beyond.

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Venerating Kagame: The UK celebrate the expansion of their influence to Rwanda
As planned by Kagame before he took power, all French related institutions (businesses,NGOs, schools, RFI, cultural centres) are banned and expelled from Rwanda and replaced by the British ones.The French language is banned in education, administration and businesses, and is replaced by the English language. All public and private institutions have been renamed in English. The French language has been removed from the National ID cards. Rwanda unilaterally left the Communauté économiqe des états de l'Afrique centrale to join the East African Community controlled by the UK. Next: full and unconditional admission to Commonwealth.
-The British relentless and long running battle to become the sole player and gain new grounds of influence in the francophone African Great Lakes Region has led to the expulsion of other traditional players from the region, or strained diplomatic relations between the countries of the region and their traditional friends. These new tensions are even encouraged by the British using a variety of political and economic manoeuvres.

-General Kagame has been echoing the British advice that Rwanda does not need any loan or aid from Rwandan traditional development partners, meaning that British aid is enough to solve all Rwandan problems.

-The British obsession for the English Language expansion has become a tyranny that has led to genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, dictatorial regimes, human rights violations, mass killings, destruction of families, communities and cultures, permanent refugees and displaced persons in the African Great Lakes region.


- Rwanda, a country that is run by a corrupt clique of minority-tutsi is governed with institutional discrmination, human rights violations, dictatorship, authoritarianism and autocracy, as everybody would expect.