In a documentary by Lisa F. Jackson, The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, shown on HBO an expose’ of a shocking unimaginable depth of detestable monstrosity so surreal yet grotesquely real as seen through a camera lens. The film features interviews with survivors, activists, peacekeepers, physicians and, most chillingly, two groups of rapists who are soldiers of the Congolese Army. Above all, it highlights first-person accounts of dozens of rape survivors, who recount their stories with pulverizing honesty and immediacy.
A solo documentary by Emmy®-winning filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson, herself a survivor of gang rape, travels deep inside the DRC to understand what is happening and why. Where others fail especially the media in bringing to the world’s attention the shocking plight of women and girls caught in the middle as casualties of a resources war motivated by greed in the Congo, Lisa Jackson took the challenge single handedly.
The film shocks you while at the same time offers hope in seeing the resiliency of the victims and the untiring impossible work of caring and rehabilitating the victims in a society that has shunned these victims as if they are half human beings.
It traumatize you in disbelief as the victims finally speaks out in all honesty and heart wrenching frankness breaking their silence slowly and painstakingly trying to rebound out of the miseries they have been relegated to by their criminal perpetrators.
Women and children suffering a fate so damned because they are in the wrong place and time treated worse than an animal by maniacal soldiers and Congolese armies alike who instead of defending them attacks them instead. To quote some chilling recounting of the dastardly act that is so numbingly shocking that you wonder what kind of dark human being can do such monstrosity defies any logic:
We were raped by twenty men at the same time.
They have taken their guns and put them inside of us.
They kill our children and then they tell us to eat those children.
We are all alone. Our husbands have been killed, or they have denied us.
To diminish the case of rape I think the first thing is we have to fight the problem of impunity.
Think about it the technological convenience that we take for granted may have been brought to us courtesy of the plunderers of Congo at the expense of over 4 million dead and tens of thousands of women and girls suffering physical and psychological trauma for life and some hanging by a thin thread or may have been dead by now infected with aids due to the savagery inflicted on them. We can choose to ignore this problem and let them suffer in silence displaced in their own country or we can help in our own ways by lobbying our representatives to stop the outrageous barbarism in Congo, urge the media for more coverage, join some organizations at the forefront of this issue or organizations that are featured by the documentary.
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