Amid protests against police brutality in Nigeria, and Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) in Namibia, women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are also protesting and demanding justice for historic murders and rapes committed in the east of the country.
According to The Guardian, protests were held on Thursday, October 15, 2020, and they were led by women in four cities across the DRC.
Some of the protesters were reportedly beaten by police in Kisangani, one of the cities, as they marked a decade since the UN documented hundreds of crimes in DRC between 1993 and 2003 that have not been prosecuted.
The current happenings in the DRC have been described as a “silent holocaust”, as millions of people are reportedly being killed “so the western world can benefit from the country’s natural resources.”
The Central African country reportedly has the largest reserve for coltan – a dull black metallic ore from which are extracted the elements niobium and tantalum. Coltan is reportedly needed by top tech companies because ‘tantalum’ from coltan is used to manufacture tantalum capacitors which are used for mobile phones, personal computers, automotive electronics, and cameras.
Due to this, countries like the USA, UK and France are allegedly providing financial and military aid to Uganda and Rwanda to invade the regions with coltan reserves, and in the process, millions of civilians get killed.
The multinational mining companies that have been created to mine coltan are also reportedly enslaving men, women and children to mine the natural resource. These people are reportedly tortured, starved, raped and killed.
Like the protests in Nigeria and Namibia, the protest in DRC has also found its way to social media, as people are using the hashtag #CongoIsBleeding to create more awareness about the issue, as well as, condemning the happenings and African leaders who have been silent on all that has been happening on the continent.
How come Rwanda is involved in this holocaust? After all the good stuff we hear about them? Oh we are against our own selves😪😪#CongoIsBleeding
— Xystus❼ (@Enam__Gh) October 16, 2020
— ghost (@GHOSTafri) October 16, 2020
What is happening in Congo is bigger than any crisis in a country (except Holocaust) . There are a lot of injustices in Congo that if it comes to light , a lot of would leaders would be hanged. The whole world should unite and support Congo#CongoIsBleeding
— 6 (@itsRapeesmo) October 16, 2020
— BoneR (@orizerr) October 16, 2020
#CongoIsBleeding #congogenocide The main objectives of the OAU (AU) now were to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonisation and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity amongst African States; #failure
— Barnabas Kimani (@kanyiwest) October 16, 2020
We stopped the entire world for the BLM movement, but now when there are pressing issues happening in Nigeria & Congo the world is quieter. Black lives in Africa are black lives that also matter. #EndsSARS #EndSWAT #CongoIsBleeding #congogenocide
— A (@_IndelibleA) October 16, 2020
Keep the momentum going guys and don’t get tired because there’s always been a media blackout when we talk about Congo. They only want to report about Congo when it’s about Ebola when our people have been murdered. 48 women raped an hour. This can’t continue. #CongoIsBleeding
— #CONGOISBLEEDING (@ssozinha__) October 16, 2020