Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Why I run: The real story from the Congo

With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent visit to the Congo, one might think the media would be talking about the tragedy of sexual violence against women that plagues the country.

According to the United Nations, at least 200,000 women have been raped in the eastern DR Congo since 1996 with the pace of atrocities growing even worse after troops launched the offensive in one of Africa's most tragedy-struck nations. Read more...
No, the American media is more content to practice its own sexism, crowing about how Clinton "lost her temper," reminding folks which Clinton actually had an official and important role in the current administration.

Deoliver47 on Daily Kos takes the media to task for its astounding ability to snatch trivia from tragedy:

Instead, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC (I don't look at FOX) focused on a short remark made during a meeting with students in Kinshasa, which was the result of a mistranslation, diaried by jerryE here at DKos: Hillary Clinton - My husband is not the Secretary of State. I am

I am deeply saddened (yet again) that at a time when the worlds most high profile woman, is speaking out against violence against women, in a region where women's lives mean next to nothing, that the coverage of her efforts has been virtually ignored and we are given trivia instead. Read more...

This is the story too many in the MSM found less important than snickering reportage on a high-profile woman's alleged temper and marital competitiveness:

I am participating in the Run for Congo Women in Chicago on Oct. 3.

Run with me! Or, support my effort:


Yobachi said...

Who cares, they're just Africans. They don't really count as human anyway.

I did a post about how white western's were all in a rage about Guerilla's in the congo while not giving a damn about the people there. What's new?

Sassy J said...

Hey Tami!

Democracy Now had a segment this morning on the reception to Hilary Clinton's visit there. I cannot remember the name of the woman that was the guest. Amy and the host were talking about a woman's hospital that housed rape victims. The guest was describing what happens to these women when they are raped (using guns, bamboo, etc etc) and that they have no more space to house the number of women that are coming to the hospital.

I believe the segment begins about 15 minutes into the broadcast.


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