Saturday, October 02, 2010

Justice for the Victims in Congo

The Huffington Post, October 1, 2010

By: Amb. Ileka Atoki Democratic Republic of Congo Representative to the United Nations

United Nations — Today [October 1] the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights published a new report cataloging the atrocities committed in my country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, between 1993 and 2003. The report is detailed and credible, and we welcome its publication. It is also heartbreaking. The Congolese Government, and I personally, are appalled at the horrific nature and scope of crimes documented in this report that the people of the Congo have suffered.

Sadly, this information is not new to us. Millions of Congolese men, women and children have borne the brunt of the Congo’s conflicts over the past 15 years. Far too many have died. Like nearly all Congolese, I too lost loved ones in the war.

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