Oct. 17, 2018
The Canadian government is turning a blind eye to atrocities committed by returning ISIS/ISIL fighters and instead are offering them a get out of jail free card.
A Yezidi, Nadia Murad and a Congolese, Dennis Mukwege have been jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”
Dennis is a doctor who deals with victims of rape and Nadia is an activist, and a victim of rape herself.
What do the Congo and Syria/Iraq have in common?
At first glance not much. But they are very similar when one digs deeper.
Let the Canadian government take note, that the worst sufferers of sexual violence in those distant parts of the world share something in common.
In Syria and Iraq, it is the ancient indigenous population of the Yezidi, who are marked for destruction by ISIL.
In the Congo, it is the indigenous Pygmies who have suffered most from the sexual violence by the hand of tribal militias.
The Pygmies were in central Africa some thousands of years before any of the other tribes that now jointly inhabit that area who migrated there from other parts of Africa.
The Yezidi and the Pygmies are native populations threatened for their ethnicity
Both groups, Yezidi and Pygmies are what we Canadians call “first nations.”
Their land, with all its resources (oil, coltan and diamons) along with their very lives are at risk from the conflicting ethnic groups around them who would like them to “disappear.”
I have not had the privilege of meeting Dr. Mukwege. But I was lucky enough to have met Nadia Murad.