On Thursday 4th July 2013, the Citizen Movement Don’t Be Blind This Time launched an online petition asking the UN Secretary General, African Union Chairperson and African governments to acknowledge the genocide against the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The petition has so far gathered 215 signatures from different places across the world. The target is to get 10,000 or more within a period of 3 months. I am reproducing here comments from those who have already signed.
Anonymous LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo have suffered for the fertility of the lands upon which they were born. Their unearned suffering is a stain upon our collective conscience and more specifically upon the record of the international, corporate and national institutions that inflict, participate, facilitate or knowingly ignore this human inflicted suffering. STOP IT, NOW!
Patrick Muimba INGLEWOOD, CA
More than 10 millions have fallen in DR congo. Someone has to be held accountable.
Kany Kabuya MOMBAYARD, INDIA
From 1994 I saw Congolese people dying and no one, no nation saying anything. It is time to get justice for all those victims.
Bonface Wafula NAIROBI, KENYA
How can we keep quiet while millions of people are dying in Congolese forests? I lived there and I know what I witnessed to. More than what we can imagine, it is a horror movie happening right under our eyes. Let’s scream and shout!
Nshimyumuremyi Donatien MONS, BELGIUM
Truth is important for Justice and Justice is important for Peace.
Jennifer Mcmurray, LAKE BLUFF, IL
Human rights are a vital issue to all people. Those of us in a position to help are called to do so.
Alexis Habiyaremye, ANTALYA, TURKEY
The world must know and recognize that more than 8 million people in DRC, including more than 300,000 Rwandan Hutu refugees have been slaughtered by an army of Rwandan Tutsi supremacists under the orders of General Paul Kagame and his allies.
Bolema Bossio Wangi, PLAISIR, FRANCE
I am Congolese and it’s my people and country which are of concern here. It’s by ourselves and for us I want to be involved [translation from French].
Mulang Mika KIEV, UKRAINE
I know for a fact that this petition is going nowhere and will not change a thing…Why? Because we are dealing with machines…They will not have pity on the inhuman suffering of our people. They have no heart…Only pure dominance and unsupervised and illegal exploitation of our riches excite them (I doubt they feel anything at all)…So? How do you fight the machine? Sending them petitions? Pffff…The people of the earth are organizing to rise against the machines…coming soon because the revolution will be televised!
Dieudonne Mutshaka DAGENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Something has to be done about the killing of women children in DRC.
Collectif des médecins Congolais de l’étranger – CMCE BRUXELLES, BELGIUM
Hugues Mukeza LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Because this has been going on for so long, and the rest of the world has been too silent about it, (it’s) suspicious!
Kimpioka Lufuankenda Guy MONS, BELGIUM
Because this genocide of Congolese people is the most horrible in the world.
Chris Cole FRANCE
Congo is an African country.
Victoria Fernado FRANCE
It is a shame that this crime is still not recognized! Innocents die and women are victims of sexual abuse! I condemn the UN to shut eyes for eventually natural resources and economic strategies. What a shame! And it pretends to be a human rights organisation?
Jugocer Ekopimolo MONTREAL, CANADA
This is a holocaust of over millions dead human beings. This should be everybody’s concern because everybody fuels the crisis by purchasing newest electronic devices creating a vicious circle. People need to know and be responsible. Mining corporations must be held accountable for perpetrating the most horrible ever holocaust of all times.
Jean Limbo Bakoto DUBLIN, IRELAND
Because my people suffer.
Victoria Dimandja LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
The widespread impunity and lack of accountability for crimes perpetrated on the Congolese people is appalling. Seeking peace, stability and justice in the Congo is not only in the best interest of every nation in the region, but also in line with the humanity values. Impunity must stop; all war criminals involved in the Congo’s crisis must be brought to justice. There would never be peace and development within the Great Lakes Region of Africa without justice.
Arsene Rutiyombya KIGALI, RWANDA
People from the Great Lakes Region have the right to justice. The genocide that has been committed against Hutus and Congolese must be recognized, the perpetrators must be prosecuted.
Patrick Ndombasi LOS ANGELES, CA
Because I believe all humans have to be free and no one has the right to take out somebody else’s life.
Fred Nguyen MAPLEWOOD, NJ
I want the Western powers out of Africa.
Yibeltal Belachew TAKOMA PARK, MD
Because injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.
Medard Abenge Yega JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
I think Susan Rice, the number one advocate of the current Rwandan Head of State, and the American government have rewarded Paul Kagame with another genocide after the one of 1994 masterminded by the same person. It does not make any sense to me to kill more than 6 millions on the Congolese soil for no valid reason. Signing this petition is for me a direct way of telling the US, UN, AU and Joseph Kabila to stop being soft to Paul Kagame. The killings haven’t stopped; many lives are still being lost to date. MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo remain very blurred regardless the setting up of a Combat Intervention Brigade. The European Union is very reluctant to take a decisive step on the holocaust given that some of their member States draw dividend from this human carnage. We want it to stop, and stop now!
Erry Marsden BELPER, UNITED KINGDOM
It’s time to stop Western powers taking advantage of the DR-Congo minerals and the killing of innocent men women and children
GG Amos SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Because “The apparent well planned decimation of populations of the Great Lakes by Rwandan, Burundian and Ugandan armed militias is pursued in conjunction with the plundering of Congolese natural resources. The unrestrained exploitation of minerals enables these countries to enrich themselves and their governments stay in power, and at the same time serve the interests of multinationals and those of some Western powerful countries.”
I couldn’t put it better myself.
This is genocide, a holocaust, a travesty to human progress, an unquestionable crime by the rich against the poor, and ALL people of conscience must, at the very least, be aware of it and speak out against it.
Nicolas-Patience Basabose JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
I only have ONE place to call HOME and that is DR CONGO…
Kamilu Kaveva BUTEMBO, CONGO, THE DEMOCRATIC
For cultural value of the DR Congo People.
TO SIGN THE PETITION, PLEASE CLICK HERE, THEN SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS.