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The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo


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The Reckoning
A film by Lisa Jackson.  Watch the trailer.
presented by
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
Mesa Verde United Methodist Church

Since 1998 a brutal war has been raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Over 5 million people have died.  And there are the uncountable casualties: the many tens of thousands of women and girls who have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army.

The world knows nothing of these women. Their stories have never been told. They suffer and die in silence.  In The Greatest Silence these brave women finally speak.

We hope you will join us for this free screening and discussion.  

Why is this happening? Why use sex in order to humiliate and defeat someone? To threaten someone so they flee their village? Why use sex? This is the monstrosity of the century.

- Dr. Denis Mukwege, Panzi Hospital


Trailer

Winner of Special Jury Prize for Documentary
2008 Sundance Film Festival

As a victim of rape herself... Jackson searches for the answer by speaking to the victims, to physicians and aid workers; to the UN peacekeepers whose numbers are inadequate to the problem; and, finally, to the rapists themselves.

-- Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle


About the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

  • DRC, formerly Zaire, a state located in Central Africa, is the third largest country in Africa by area after Sudan and Algeria and the fourth most populous nation in Africa.
  • It is the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, killing over 5.4 million people.
  • As of 2009, people in the Congo were still dying at a rate of an estimated 45,000 per month. Almost most half of the individuals who have died are children under the age of 5.
  • In eastern Congo, the prevalence of rape and other sexual violence is described as the worst in the world.

(from Wikipedia


Co-sponsors and partners

A wide coalition of Orange County organizations have partnered for this event.  These include:

  • Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
  • Mesa Verde United Methodist Church
  • Amnesty International, Irvine chapter
  • IUCC Advocates for Peace and Justice
  • University Synagogue
  • St. Mark Presbyterian
  • Sisters of St. Joseph

Contact

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  Or call us at (949) 891-2005.


Links

[ The Greatest Silence, official movie site ]
[ Panzi Hospital in Congo ]
[ The Panzi Foundation USA ]

[ Amnesty International, Orange County ]
[ Mesa Verde United Methodist Church ]
[ Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu ]

When:
Sunday, Sept 19 2010
6:30p refreshments
7:00p screening & discussion

Location:
Mesa Verde United Methodist Church
1701 W. Baker St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Cost:
Free

 
 

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