The often fruitless waiting of their turn, the excitement of meeting up again, the illusion of a life still together, the desperation of a last and definitive farewell. It looks like the plot of a movie, but instead it is the real drama of 8 million families divided by the war that split Korea into two parties. Only 100 families picked up by chance are able to meet up for a few days. Those excluded must make do with some video conferencing. Meanwhile, 35,000 applicants have already died.
In Congo, rape is not just a sneaking war weapon in the ethnic clash between Tutsi, Hutu and Congolese. It is a real social plague: every month tens of girls militated by militiamen are banned from the community, the dishonored families dispel, the women who do not report violence not to end up on a road are destroyed by venereal diseases. The reeds are reduced to prostituting themselves to survive.
In Pakistan the yoke of war and land intersect at every level. On the one hand, an aristocracy of landowners controls the majority of lands by slaughtering millions of small peasants, here religious extremism and as a result terrorism puts new roots in leveraging poverty. On the other hand the high spheres of the political-military establishment plunge the country into the status quo, overthrowing both the reform of land ownership and the pursuit of a definitive solution to terrorism. In all of this, the United States plays their part.
It is in the schools that Congo boys and girls learn to hunt a Kalashnikov. After the failure of the last peace agreement, even the government army recruited lower in its ranks, just like all the other militias. According to Amnesty International’s latest report, released in October, 11,000 small soldiers are fighting in Congo. Before the summer, they were only 3,000, according to Human Rights Watch statistics. War is often a choice: orphans or poor children decide to arm arms spontaneously, for them it is the only way to survive.
Massacre in Kiwanja, many children among over 50 victims. The executioner Nkunda seems to have responded to the government’s offensive in recent days, which had provisionally dropped him from some villages in the Rutshuru area. Shadows at the Nairobi Summit that yesterday brought together Ban Ki-moon, Congolese President and Rwanda President, seeking a political solution to the conflict that blizzards the mining areas down the border. The summit had ended with the new request for ceasing the fire.