What about atrocities in the Congo?

There is a war on in the Congo which, by all reports, has caused more death and devastation than any war since WWII.


Women are raped and mutilated, often while their husbands, brothers and sons look on -- or worse, are forced to participate at gunpoint. Hospitals admit as many as 10 rape victims a day, five of which require surgery to piece them back together.

While we squabble about money and the definition of marriage, while we complain about gas prices, while we follow polarized politics that are little more than marketing campaigns, there are people in other parts of the world being mutilated, violated, their families and communities destroyed by terror and hate, their children raised to believe that they must be either victims or perpetrators of this violence.

Where are the headlines? Where is this on my nightly news? Where is the acknowledgment that these horrors exist, both here and elsewhere?

And most of all, where is our compassion?

K. Fitzgerald