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"Sticks in Vaginas:" This Is What a Massacre Looks Like

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Headlined to H2 11/12/12

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Photos in this article are stomach-wrenchingly graphic. 


This is what a massacre looks like... 

The subject line on the email was "Rape, Killing, and Mutilation Report."  It came in this morning as I was brewing coffee, and I was certainly not prepared for the photos it contained. The sender was a long-time internal source at United Nations Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), but I had not heard from the source in over a year. Maybe two.

"Would you publish it and share it with friends, NGO of Human Rights and other organizations for necessary actions to end such violence flaring the country especially Masisi-Rutshuru in North-Kivu Province?"

My source had never approached me in this manner; essentially pleading for help to publicize a massacre.

Attached in subsequent emails were graphic photos that make everything I have witnessed in Central Africa over the years seem tame by comparison. I thought I had seen it all, but I was wrong. The heinous photos are included below, with some hesitation. 

Other attachments included a detailed internal summary of militia groups operating in eastern Congo that included leaders, troop strengths, locations, weapons stockpile estimates, and likely coalitions. Finally, the source provided the CLA report on the massacre (s) that happened at the hands of the 1000-1500 strong Nyatura rebel group. The Nyatura are Congolese Hutus and formed the rebel organization in 2010 in Lumbishi due to a land dispute with Tutsis. The victims in this massacre were Hunde, traditional tribal chieftains in Masisi.

Community Liaison Assistants (CLAs) generate reports that provide analysis in a way that ensures the safety of MONUSCO staff and of the civilian informants providing them with information on atrocities. "However, in the course of that report you will find that the victims were IDP's (internally displaced persons) that had gone to fetch for food into their abandoned farms then accidentally met the assailants without any means of alerting MONUSCO. Cell phones were not working. Thanks for understanding," the source wrote. 

The written report on the atrocities was especially obscene. 

"The security situation in Masisi is worse due to the killings which were made by Nyatura mixed with FDLR (remnants of the Rwandan genocidaires) in the areas of Buloto village (Banyungu groupment) nearly 15 km West of Masisi," it begins. 

On November 2, three persons were killed and two shot and hospitalized. 

On November 4, two villagers were kidnapped and beaten until they paid a $20 ransom. 

On the same day, six members of the Hunde tribe were raped and killed at Buloto at 3:00 PM. 


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Georgianne Nienaber is an investigative environmental and political writer. She lives in rural northern Minnesota, New Orleans and South Florida. Her articles have appeared in The Society of Professional Journalists' Online Quill (more...)
 

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Does publishing the reality offer any hope of maki... by Georgianne Nienaber on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 2:06:15 PM
Does it help? Or does it perk the minds of some to... by Kim Cassidy on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 4:02:28 PM
I worry about all of it, but I figure if an old tr... by Georgianne Nienaber on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 4:16:49 PM
How proud I am of you for having the guts to provi... by Kim Cassidy on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 5:59:12 PM
I can't see how sweeping it under the rug would be... by Paul Rye on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 4:28:54 PM
I believe it does. We have always had fringe eleme... by Larry Oliver on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 4:45:53 PM
that you are correct... by Georgianne Nienaber on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 4:56:54 PM
The DRC forces pushed the M23/CRA militia out of t... by Larry Oliver on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 9:34:18 PM
Yes..you nailed the connections. I knew about the ... by Georgianne Nienaber on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 11:09:07 PM
It takes a lot to move someone who is constantly e... by Larry Oliver on Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 at 11:57:38 AM
You can offer your prayers - and maybe send some m... by Doc McCoy on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 7:53:56 PM
It needs  proper priorities. The best way is ... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 8:35:58 PM
have long been available around the world.  P... by Doc McCoy on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 10:45:00 PM
That is true that people can block anything but&nb... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 at 6:49:25 AM
I find myself agreeing with McCoy. But, you make v... by Ginger McClemons on Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 at 3:32:14 PM
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Impossible to fake, trusted source... by Georgianne Nienaber on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 4:55:57 PM
Understood, I didn't think they were fake. Thank y... by Larry Oliver on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 5:38:01 PM
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I just sent the link to this piece fairly widely, ... by Ritt Goldstein on Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 at 5:55:47 AM
...about "massacres" is one thing and seeing is an... by Georgianne Nienaber on Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 at 6:17:02 AM
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