Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Security in a Lawless Congo

In late July, hundreds of armed men gang-raped at least 200 women in Luvungi -- an embarrassment for United Nations peacekeepers who seem to be failing at their most basic task: protecting civilians.

This is another video that BAAMM found on youtube!! This is the sad truth of what is going on in the DRC.... We hope that you get inspired to do something for the Congo. Please be aware!!!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

War Witch (Rebelle) - A Film By Kim Nguyen

We found this video and the information below it on Youtube and BAAMM believed that this is a story that needs to be heard. So please watch this video and think about the difference between your childhood and Komona's. Please be aware that things like this are happening to real people out there in the real world and you should care about it. Don't be apathetic towards the situation be empathetic!!!!

Published on Mar 5, 2012 by
KOMONA , a 14 year old girl, tells her unborn child the story of how she became a rebel. It all began when she was 12; kidnapped by the rebel army, she was forced to carry a AK 47 and kill. Her only escape and friend is MAGICIAN, a 15 year old boy who wants to marry her. Despite the horrors and daily grind of war, Komona and Magician fall in love.

They thought they had escaped the war, but fate decided otherwise. In order to survive, Komona will need to return to where she came from and make amends with her past.

Around them, war rages on....

A tale set in Sub-Saharan Africa, a love story between two young souls caught in a violent world yet filled with beauty and magic.

Somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, in a small isolated village, Komona, a twelveyear-old girl, lived peacefully with her parents until the day the rebels came. They pillaged the village, captured Komona and forced her to commit an irreparable act: slay her parents.

In the rebels' camp, the training is merciless: Komona is hungry, scared, and the Rebel Leader, who has no pity for her tears, repeatedly beats her if she cries. She quickly learns to endure, to fight and above all, to survive. During a battle waged against the government's army, only Komona is spared. The rebels chief sees this as a sign and declares she is the new sorceress. She is soon brought to Great Tiger, the supreme leader of all the rebels, who makes her his war witch.

Only one person is willing to help and listen to her, a 15 year-old-boy named Magician. With the passing months, Magician and Komona fall in love. They experience an all too brief moment of what happiness can be. The war catches up with them.

Time passes... Komona is now 14 and pregnant. She wishes to forget the past, but her parents' ghosts keep reappearing. She soon realizes that if she doesn't want her parents' ghosts to haunt her baby, she must undertake the long journey that will lead her back to her birthplace.

WAR WITCH is a life lesson, a story of human resilience.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Silent Genocide- DRC

"Although in 1994 it was widely reported that the refugees fleeing into eastern Zaire (now Congo) was creating a humanitarian catastrophe, the crisis continues today unabated. Reaching epic proportions of casualties, the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has seemed to vanish from the mass media of the world. Scores on UN reports have chronicled a genocide surpassing that of the holocaust."

states Congo Justice Las Vegas

Uploaded by on Sep 13, 2011

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Congolese Rappers

Music their way to cope with and change their current situation. Music specifically hip-hop has become an important place to flourish away from the violence.