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Ronaldo walks free, will not face rape charges

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo will not face any charges over an alleged rape in the US state of Nevada a decade ago, prosecutors said on Monday. The Clark County District Attorney’s Office said it had declined to prosecute the Portuguese star because it “cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt” that a sexual assault occurred. Kathryn Mayorga, a former model, has claimed that Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star reached a financial settlement with her following the incident…

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Children at risk in the hands of the FDLR in eastern of Democratic Republic of the Congo

By: Joseph H. Cavallaro- Vision GRAM-International     May 26, 2015 – In recent weeks, several hundred Congolese children have escaped from armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Though the freeing of children from armed groups is always a cause for celebration, there are still an estimated 30,000 children fighting with armed groups in the DR Congo. The armed rebel group that uses many of these child soldiers is the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).  They are remnants of the original FDLR that is responsible…

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Nun decapitated in Burundi

Italian nun Olga Raschietti, who was killed in Kamenge, a northern district of Bujumbura, Burundi. (Missionarie di Maria, AFP) Bujumbura – Three elderly Italian nuns were raped and murdered in twin attacks in their convent in the capital of Burundi, police said on Monday as a hunt was launched for their killers. Police initially reported that two nuns were stabbed to death on Sunday afternoon. The killer then battered one of the two with a rock, before fleeing the convent. Italian authorities named the first two killed as Olga Raschietti,…

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Congolese surgeon awarded civil courage prize

Denis Mukwege received prize for his work treating tens of thousands of women who were gang raped in war-torn Congo. Mukwege lashed out in a UN speech last year at international community’s inaction in the Congo civil war [EPA] A Congolese surgeon who treated tens of thousands of women who were gang-raped received a prize honouring his courage.   Meeting these women completely changed my life.   Denis Mukwege, Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege accepted the 2013 Civil Courage Prize, awarded by the New York-based Train Foundation, on Tuesday for his work…

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Empowering women empowers the world

   By: Jennifer Fierberg The eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been mired in violence perpetrated by various rebel groups in geo-strategic and ethnic wars for the last two decades. This area of the DRC is rich in mineral wealth that foreign countries seek to use in many electronic and travel innovations. Unfortunately, access to these minerals has wreaked havoc and devastation on the communities in this area. Those most affected by these ongoing wars are women and children. Men also suffer from this horrific violence…

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The Men Who Killed Me

By: Jennifer Fierberg Many books have been written about the 1994 Rwandan Genocide from various perspectives. The majority of the books analyse the unending question of was this war planned, unplanned, a spontaneous outbreak of mass violence or an organized and strategic event that took the lives of almost one million people in just 100 days.  Many questions will always remain unanswered about this horrific time in history and many scholars will debate the issues for years to come. The iron grip on information and criticism of any kind against…

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The Man we need

 By Jennifer Fierberg True heroes are hard to find in our world today. So when one courageously stands up for the rights of others there deserves to be recognition and celebration of such a man. In the Democratic Republic of Congo a man dwells there who is a local hero, a true hero in every sense of the word. He serves selflessly, loves unconditionally and heals more than just the body of his patients.  He is a man that serves with everything he has and when he can’t serve anymore…

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Uganda to open third refugee camp for fleeing Congolese

Uganda is to set up a new camp to cope with a influx of refugees from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the government has said. At least 100 people a day are now crossing the border to escape an upsurge in violence, Uganda’s refugee minister told the BBC. Women said they had been raped by armed militias, who broke into their homes at night and stole food and property. Up to 3,000 people have fled since DR Congo’s chaotic elections in November. Several rebel groups still operate in eastern DR Congo,…

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