Obama, send in the troops!

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Bob Dylan Roof
Rape of women in DR Congo 'tops 1000 a day'
Average of 48 females aged 15-49 are raped every hour in DR Congo, 26 times more than previously thought, study reports.

More than 1,100 women are raped every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), making sexual violence against women 26 times more common than previously thought, a study has concluded.

More than 400,000 women and girls between the ages of 15 to 49 were raped in the war-ravaged country in central Africa during a 12-month period in 2006 and 2007, according to the study published in the American Journal of Public Health on Wednesday.

That is 26 times more than the 15,000 women that the United Nations has reported were raped there during the same 12 months.

"Our results confirm that previous estimates of rape and sexual violence are severe underestimates of the true prevalence of sexual violence occurring in the DRC," Amber Peterman, lead author of the study, said.

'Chronic underreporting'

"Even these new, much higher figures still represent a conservative estimate of the true prevalence of sexual violence because of chronic underreporting due to stigma, shame, perceived impunity, and exclusion of
younger and older age groups as well as men," she said.

The study, which gathered data from 2007, did not capture sexual violence among girls younger than 15 years or women older than 49 years and did not include sexual violence among boys and men.

"Although the burden of sexual violence among these groups is uncertain, a review of the records of 4,133 women attending Panzi Hospital in Sud Kivu showed that six per cent were younger than 16 years and 10 per cent were older than 65 years," the study said.

"In addition, Human Rights Watch reported that sexual violence in 2009 doubled in comparison with 2008. If this assessment is accurate, then the current prevalence of sexual violence is likely to be even higher than our estimates suggest."
Niccolo and Donkey

As I've said all along, the time is coming when humanitarian intervention will encompass not only "action to prevent genocide" but will also take on "women's rights" and "homosexual rights". The Congo has been going through what is the equivalent of WW1 on its soil for over a decade now. The bonus here is that it is a very resource-rich country, so any state seeking to insert themselves into this vortex can pull out some value.

President Camacho
The major problems with intervention in the Congo I'd guess is that it's much more difficult to maintain supply lines and assert US air and sea power there, possessing barely any coastline with the most mineral-rich areas located deep in the jungles I'd imagine.

The other problem is that the Congolese Civil War(s) is so fucked up that even Western media can't invent a coherent good-guys vs. bad guys narrative to sell to the public; every faction involved seems engaged in wholesale slaughter, rape, and pillaging.

Finally, the fact that there are no Zionist interests at stake in Darkest Africa is the icing on the cake precluding direct military action.