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|November 18, 2009|
Hutu killings continue in neighboring CongoEvery year at least 40 tons of gold, worth more than a billion US dollars, are extracted from the Democratic Republic of Congo and smuggled through neighboring Uganda to Dubai. These operations are conducted by the FDLR, the Rwandan-Hutu militia involved in the genocide. They fled across the border into eastern Congo in 1994 and have been responsible for many of the indescribably brutal attacks and rapes there. Profits from the gold continue to fund and purchase weapons for the group.
Females, even babies, are raped in this region of Congo (North Kivu) . I spoke to women who told me they had been gang raped, then raped with a bayonet, after which the militia would use their rifle butts to pound the women's legs to pulp.
Fistula surgery is performed at the Goma hospital where the surgeon operates non-stop. But not all of the women can be repaired and their psychological wounds are another matter.