The Secret War Crime

The Secret War Crime

rapeandwarledeThis is the of the toughest most heartbreaking thing I’ve read in a long time, The Secret War Crime.

Rape in war is as old as war itself. But the intimate nature of sexual assault means that the horrors often go undocumented, sanitized out of history books and glossed over in news accounts that focus on casualties and refugee numbers. Yet that mass rape is so common in wartime only makes it more corrosive. It spreads disease. Its stigma destroys families and breaks down society. It leaves unwanted children who serve as constant reminders of the worst day of their mother’s life. “Rape is a weapon even more powerful than a bomb or a bullet,” says Jeanna Mukuninwa, a 28-year-old woman from Shabunda, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “At least with a bullet, you die. But if you have been raped, you appear to the community like someone who is cursed. After rape, no one will talk to you; no man will see you. It’s a living death.”

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Dream Catcher

Kim Longinotto’s beautiful and emotional documentary about the tireless sex worker advocate Brenda Myers-Powell. Really brought home to me how so many people are reacting to things that happened to them as children. Things they had no control over.

Brenda Myers- Powell is just incredible. Her strength, openness, lack of judgement and tireless work is changing the lives of so many girls, women and their families.

“It’s not your fault,” “you deserve happiness” such powerful words.

Today-Tomorrow

Today-Tomorrow

Today is filled with anger, fueled with hidden hate.
Scared of being outkast, afraid of common fate.
Today is build on tragedies which no one want’s to face.
Nightmares to humanity and morally disgraced.
Tonight is filled with Rage, violence in the air.
Children bred with ruthlessness cause no one at home cares.
Tonight I lay my head down but the pressure never stops,
knowing that my sanity content when I’m droped.
But tomorrow I see change, a chance to build a new,
build on spirit intent of heart and ideas based on truth.
Tomorrow I wake with second wind and strong because of pride.
I know I fought with all my heart to keep the dream alive.
Tupac Shakur