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  •  My sincere thank you for writing this (9+ / 0-)

    with a handy tip and rec.

    This is a story that has been brewing for a long time and which has the capability of becoming something quite devastating for the Congolese, and also potentially for the Rwandans (due to blamed complicity, a shared border, and a difficult past with perhaps the most brutal but most ignored genocide the world has ever experienced -- about 1 million were killed in a matter of weeks, mainly through decapitation, violent rape, and machete-torture). Debates about Ugandas role also rage.

    I read about it this morning, and my heart literally sank.

    Our eyes are turned to the horrific violence in Syria and in Israel, but Americans have a tendency to write Africa off as "hopeless" and "too violent to ever handle." These are myths. There can be a stable Africa but process will be slow. And it is one which does require the world's full attention, no matter how fatigued we are by the endless wars. Africa's rich history, vibrant people and culture, and terrifying poverty tell the story of why Imperial conquest leads to decimation.

    I see your diary participating in your call to a prayer for them by just letting people know. But we need to do more. We need to start viewing Africa as able. It is. And until it -- and we -- abandon the fiction that it will always struggle under the yoke of this violence, it will continue.

    As writer Ngugi wa Thiong'O, whose politics I sometimes do and sometimes don't agree with, once said, we need to start by decolonizing our minds, both African and Western. There's power in that idea. And promise.

    My love goes out to the Congolese today.

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