If you read this please do
so it can come to the attention of more deviants.
UPDATE 2: I have created ~PrintsForPanzi
for this cause, feel free to check it out!
UPDATE: Both rebels and the army use sexual violence as a weapon. The war isn't about religion, ethnicity or between tribes it's about money, because of the rest of the world. The war is about the mines - to be able to control Congo's natural resources. CDR has some of the richest mineral deposits of diamond, gold, copper, cobalt, uranium and coltan. The last one, coltan, is in mobiles and make wireless communication possible. In other words: you help the war.
Some moments ago I read an awful article about Panzi hospital and
the women in Democratic Republic of Congo where around 2 million women have been raped in most awful ways. I cried while reading the women's stories and about the doctor who gets award after award but no one does anything against the situation. The UN has observed the situation for 10 years! Every minute women are raped in DRC, 2/3 are underage and several women say that the UN forces just watch as they're raped. No age is spared.
What's even worse is that a rape victim in DRC is considered to have evil spirits and to have lured the rapists to rape them. They are therefore thrown out by their family. It's a public shame to be a rape victim and you can't stay married. If trying to do an abortion you can get five years in prison.
Some women don't have a home to go to afterwards, some doesn't want to go home, for them Panzi becomes home. Panzi has a transit accommodation for these women.
Panzi hospital, among other things, try to help survivors of sexual violence (SSV). Over 33 000 survivors have been treated at Panzi. I think that's fantastic. There's a down side to the huge hospital though. There are 450 beds in the hospital and the patients need to scrub clothes themselves.
What Panzi hospital really need are industrial washing machines which are used at hospitals. Unfortunately all money they get from charity organisations are ear marked for other needs. One industrial machine cost 7 693.35 U.S. dollars, they need 3-4 of those. As long as they don't have industrial machines patients has to stand on their knees and scrub the linen instead of getting an education!
I am so sick of sitting on my privileged ass and reading about victims of rape and violence. I am so sick of not doing anything. I always feel so useless because I don't have the money it takes to help women out of poverty, help victims of rape or people in jail because of their views and thoughts. Not anymore, I can't do anything alone but we can.
The Swedish Pentecostal Church (Pingstkyrkan), who helped to start the hospital back in the day, collects money for industrial machines. I want to help out.
I want us to help them fund one (1) industrial machine!The question isn't if, the question is how? What can we do to get approx $7 700?
We can pledge to give a percentage of our earnings this month
We can pledge to sell more art and give all the money to this cause
We can give what we have in our wallet right now (even if it's just 1 USD)
We can make art pieces and sell them in an auction
There are million ways to get the money and I'm sure that together we can fund one (1) industrial machine to Panzi hospital, for the women who have gone to hell and back. Below are some of their stories:TRIGGER WARNING!
A 14 year old girl, was two years ago forced to hold a lantern and watch as several soldiers took turns raping her mother, it's her last image of her mother. They also raped her big sister. They also forced down the girl and fingered her. They killed her mother. 6 months ago the soldiers came back, they raped her sister who died and they put her up on the wall with nails (just as Jesus).
One woman has gotten reconstruction surgery three times to fix her broken urethra, none have been successful.
Several group raped women have come to the hospital with bullets in their vagina and thighs.
Some things that the soldiers do: shop off the head of the husband and put it on the woman's chest during the rape, forces the rape victim to sit on burning coal, throw acid on their vaginas, cut up their breasts and last but no least: heat up a plastic bottle and push it into the vagina (which melt stuck).
A 3 year old came to the hospital completely torn, there were nothing left of vagina or rectum.END.
So. Want to help me?
The money are transferred through giro
which is a European system, so I thought we could collect them somewhere and then I could use giro and send them over. Any thoughts and ideas how? I'm thinking paypal.
Deadline should be 31st of August I think.