The Congo is bleeding. 48 women are raped every hour, millions are displaced every year, over 6 million have lost their lives between 1996 – 2008 due to armed conflict for the looting of Congo’s natural resources with those numbers rising every day, and half of those fatalities were children under the age of 5.
The African Climate Reality Project stands in solidarity with those demanding justice for the Congolese men, women, and children that are continuously killed, tortured, raped, starved and displaced. As foreign corporations continue to plunder the Congolese wealth, and as the world continues to benefit from this plunder, millions of people have lost and continue to lose their very basic and inherent human rights. With so little media coverage on what is happening in the DRC, it has been have referred to this as a silent holocaust.
According to Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person. Furthermore, when reflecting upon the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, a Human Rights instrument specifically designed for the well-being and development of our people, Article 5 specifically provides that “every individual shall have the right to the respect of the dignity inherent in a human being”. Regardless of these sophisticated Human Rights instruments, Congo still bleeds!
As an organisation fighting for climate justice, we have the responsibility to speak out against such atrocities. There can be no climate justice without justice in the form of human dignity, equality, security and freedom. Not only do we condemn these human rights violations, we are also committed to showing up and standing with the Congolese people whose voices are silenced.
We must work together to break the silence!