There is no escape from history. There is no escape from trauma. There is no such thing as a clean slate. Tonight, the United Nations Security Council is calling for an extraordinary reunion concerning the impending risk of genocide at the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda.

In 1994, hundreds of thousands of Tutsis had fled Rwanda and the Hutu rebel militia to Congo, where they have stayed in refugee camps since then. In the last several days, the Tutsi militia, led by Congo renegade leader General Laurent Nkunda, has embarked into a hunt towards those refugee camps, and all the survivors, some accused of having taken part in the genocide, have fled their camps again, risking for their lives and their livelihood. Tonight, Nkunda has called for a truce, and has urged the DRC government troops to follow suit. As reported by the BBC, “there was a “stampede” as thousands of displaced people poured into Goma on the third day of fierce fighting in the area. Congolese soldiers withdrawing from the village of Kibumba, 30km (20 miles) to the north, also retreated to the city, creating a sense of panic among the population.”

Rape is widely used as a weapon of destruction and retaliation, and has yet to be recognized as a crime against humanity under international law.

For more information on the crisis in Congo: DRC Conflict Q&A by the BBC // Army retreats, citizens flee (CNN)

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