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PÉTITION DE 52 RABBINS JUIFS SUR LE GÉNOCIDE CONGOLAIS

Nous reproduisons la déclaration de 52 Rabbins juifs, publiée en 2010 dans  « The Guardian », un journal britannique.  Dans celle-ci, les rabbins condamnent sans détours le génocide congolais qu’ils comparent à leur propre holocauste, en soulignant  que « destruire  une âme c’est destruire l’humanité, et sauver une âme c’est sauver toute l’humanité ».

Au moment où cette déclaration a été actualisée , notamment par  Dr Mukwege qui exige "la mise en œuvre effective des recommandations issues du Rapport du projet Mapping concernant les violations les plus graves des droits de l’homme et du droit international humanitaire commises en RD Congo entre 1993 et 2003 (https://www.mapping-report.org/fr/)" nous avons jugé bon de publier sa vesrion originale en anglais sur notre site , telle qu’elle avait été conçue par les 52 rabbins britanniques.  Ceux qui ont des difficultés en anglais pourront traduire le texte dans la langue de leur choix.

Nous conituons à stigmatiser le silence coupale de toute la classe polique congolais face au génocide congolais.

 

SOURCE : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/apr/23/victims-of-war-in-congo

Messager

 

We must not forget the victims of the war in Congo

The people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have for over 11 years endured violence, war crimes, corruption, humanitarian crisis, looting and rape on a scale that defies comprehension. In April 2007, the International Rescue Committee estimated the death toll in Congo since 1998 at 5.4 million. This horrific figure continues to rise at a rate of 45,000 a month. The additional consequences of disease and malnutrition has resulted in a rise in the death toll to at least 7 million, not to mention the millions of refugees.

What these shocking figures cannot convey is the scale of ongoing rape, torture and mutilation. In February, 15 women were abducted and raped by armed assailants – five were brutally tortured and then beheaded; three survived and were taken to Panzi hospital in Bukavu for emergency medical care. The remaining seven are still missing, presumed dead. The human rights organisation Genocide Watch lists Congo at the top of its 2010 list of countries facing ongoing massacres.

There is still no end in sight to the atrocities. Moreover, political stability and peace are critically important not just for the citizens of Congo, but for all those in the African Great Lakes region. Yet, to most of the world, the plight of the people of Congo remains invisible.

We have just marked Yom HaShoah, the Jewish annual commemoration of the Holocaust. When we consider the suffering and the scale of the atrocities in Congo, we cannot but recall our own 6 million victims of Nazi genocide. The "hear nothing, see nothing and do nothing" approach fails to fulfil the promise to "never again!" stand idly by while human beings are slaughtered. It denies justice to the victims and questions our very commitment to humanity. As rabbis we cannot ignore the call of our tradition: "Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world."

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