Eastern Congo

Eve Ensler of V-Day is in Bukavu. She writes that Panzi Hospital was attacked and has been shut for a week because of the violence:

The morning after I arrived here, Panzi Hospital was attacked by a gang of bandits. The hospital staff were literally fighting off attackers with sticks. Ambulances and important transport vehicles were vandalized. Windows of the hospital were smashed. Many people were injured, patients and staff. I saw the bruised face of a woman who had made it to Panzi after being raped only to find the place that was meant to be secure, completely insecure. It is hard to tell what caused this outbreak of violence. There was a violent incident in the community which touched it off, but the province of South Kivu is essentially a state of violence.

The rest is here.

I visited Panzi Hospital in late 2007. Here’s the story  I did on the work there for PRI’s The World.

For lots more background see Paula Donovan’s writings and Stephen Lewis’s speeches at AIDS-Free World.

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