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'Cannibalism' Resurfaces in the Congo (DRC)
News24.com.au ^ | 5/20/2003 | News 24 / AP Staff

Posted on 05/20/2003 6:37:49 AM PDT by ex-Texan

'Cannibalism' Resurfaces in the Congo (DRC)

Bunia - Allegations of cannibalism once again circulated in troubled northeastern Congo, with terrified witnesses describing the mutilation and eating of the dead during more than a week of tribal fighting that killed scores and forced thousands to flee.

Church leaders and residents in Bunia, the capital of the Ituri district, said Monday that Lendu tribal fighters killed civilians and combatants, cutting open their chests and ripping out hearts, livers and lungs, which they ate while they were still warm.

Superstitious beliefs, inexplicable hatred and a desire to settle old scores were the driving forces behind the acts of cannibalism, said Father Joseph Deneckere, a Belgian priest who has lived in Congo since 1970.

"Some of the victims had their sexual organs missing after the tribal fighters cut them off to use in their charms," Deneckere said.

Fighting in Bunia subsided on Friday, but the town remained tense and frightened residents said they were terrified at the thought of it flaring up again.

"The sight of a corpse with a missing liver and heart is horrific, especially when you know that those parts were eaten by fellow human beings and that the same could happen to you," said Acquitte Kisembo, a 28-year-old medical student.

He said he saw several bodies with missing parts.

The United Nations is taking the allegations seriously and plans to investigate the reports of cannibalism, said Amos Namanga Ngongi, head of the UN mission in Congo.

The reports "cannot be so persistent and false," he told reporters in Bunia. "There cannot be so much talk of such things if it is false."

Reports of cannibalism are not new to Ituri.

On January 15, UN investigators confirmed that rebels of the Congolese Liberation Movement and the allied Congolese Rally for Democracy-National had carried out cannibalism, rape, torture and killing in the province late last year.

Similar reports emerged after an April 3 massacre of up to 1 000 people in Drodro, 32km northeast of Bunia, and 14 surrounding villages, UN officials said.

The fighting in Bunia between the rival Hema and Lendu tribal factions began nearly two weeks ago after Uganda withdrew its more than 6 000 troops from the town and the surrounding area.

A ceasefire was signed on Friday and the United Nations is trying to assemble an international force to augment more than 750 UN soldiers from Uruguay already there.

There is still no accurate tally of the dead, but at least 100 people are thought to have been killed and thousands forced to flee their homes in Bunia after more than a week of fighting between Hema and Lendu gunmen who were battling for control of the town.

Among the dead are two UN military observers.

The bodies of the observers - one Jordanian, the other Nigerian - were discovered in Mongbwalu, a gold mining centre 70km northwest of Bunia on Sunday where they had been "savagely killed", said Hamadoun Toure, spokesperson for the UN mission in Congo.

The last contact with the two officers, both of whom were unarmed, came last Tuesday, when they described to their colleagues a tense situation in Mongbwalu, with rival Hema and Lendu fighters preparing to battle for control of the town, UN officials have said.

After losing contact with the observers, the UN tried three times to send search and rescue teams into Mongbwalu but failed when Hema and Lendu factions said they could not guarantee the safety of UN personnel.

By Sunday, however, a team was able to enter the town by helicopter and exhumed the remains of the observers, which were taken to Bunia.

Jordan's official Petra news agency identified the Jordanian as Major Safwat Nayef Al-Oran. The Nigerian was not identified by the UN.

The UN plans to investigate the killings, Toure said.

There are about 700 unarmed UN military observers in Congo, 32 of whom were in Ituri, a resource-rich province that has been plagued by massacres and killings as rival tribal and rebel factions have fought for control of the area during the more than 4 1/2-year civil war in Congo.

But after the two were reported missing, UN observers deployed in four areas outside Bunia, the province's capital, were withdrawn.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a statement he is "profoundly saddened" by the deaths. He condemned the killings and said those responsible would be held accountable.

Annan also praised the UN workers still in Congo, sayng they were "selflessly serving the cause of peace". He called on the warring factions in Ituri and all of Congo to abide by peace deals seeking to end the civil war.

Annan has asked France to lead an international force to stabilise the region. Although the French have not yet committed to sending troops, a team of French military officers arrived in Kinshasa, the capital, on Sunday to asses the situation in Congo, Toure said.

The team travelled to the city of Kisangani on Monday to meet with Annan's special representative in Congo and will arrive in Bunia on Tuesday, he said.

Hemas, traditionally cattle-raisers, and Lendus, predominantly farmers, have sparred for centuries over land and other resources in Ituri. But the clashes became deadlier when the civil war began in 1998 and modern weapons flowed into the region. - Sapa-AP


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: cannibals; congo; congofeasts
I was tempted -- but decided posting making my very un-PC comment.
1 posted on 05/20/2003 6:37:49 AM PDT by ex-Texan
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To: ex-Texan
Aren't we all just so glad these fine folks aren't suffering under the White Colonialist Oppressor?! They're free, free to do ... well ... this ... Oh well, Kofi's sad, I'm sad, I'm sure the Pope is sad ...
2 posted on 05/20/2003 7:04:53 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Let them eat cake.)
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To: ex-Texan
Cannibalism proves that socialism is not just a theory, but has deep roots in human behavior.
3 posted on 05/20/2003 7:05:00 AM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: ex-Texan
Cannibalism? How racist and close minded are we going to be here? This is simply nothing more than afro-centrist alternative food sourcing. And maybe if we rich western pig dogs would turn over more money to Kofi Annan they wouldn't have to explain themselves.
4 posted on 05/20/2003 7:10:29 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay
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To: ex-Texan
Kind of makes reparations sound silly, doesn't it?
5 posted on 05/20/2003 7:19:05 AM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: ex-Texan
A certain amount of cannibalism can be expected almost anywhere, for example, the British Navy has been struggleing against cannibalism for centuries.....quote.....
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There is no cannibalism in the British Navy, absolutely none, and when I say none, I mean there is a certain amount.
Sir John Cunningham ......

6 posted on 05/20/2003 7:21:57 AM PDT by greasepaint
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To: greasepaint
ahh, but the Liberals tell me I should accept this because mulit-culturalism is a good thing.....(sarcasm off)

7 posted on 05/20/2003 7:23:30 AM PDT by Blue Scourge (You cannot be a victim and a hero simultaneously - Hon. Clarence Thomas)
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To: ex-Texan
>'Cannibalism' Resurfaces in the Congo

Crichton wrote about
this in "Congo." A guide says,
"Old habits die hard..."

9 posted on 05/20/2003 7:30:35 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: ex-Texan
"'Cannibalism' Resurfaces in the Congo"

Me heard that 6 kids were kicked out of school for buttering up a teacher!
10 posted on 05/20/2003 7:33:16 AM PDT by TRY ONE (")
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To: ex-Texan
How to Serve Man: On Cannibalism, Sex, Sacrifice and the Nature of Eating

Raising A Cannibal Child

11 posted on 05/20/2003 7:48:48 AM PDT by Consort
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To: TRY ONE
People,
People who eat people

Barbra!
12 posted on 05/20/2003 7:49:13 AM PDT by aShepard
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To: Blue Scourge
>>ahh, but the Liberals tell me I should accept this because mulit-culturalism is a good thing.....(sarcasm off) <<

Yes, the multiculuralists educators teach our kids that all cultures are equal and are to be celebrated, especially non-western ones, except the American white culture, which is oppressive, imperialistic, sexist, and racist and needs to be torn down. Yet they never expose the abhorrent practices in other cultures, nor do they teach that American has done more than any other culture to right it's historical wrongs.

Multiculturalism is a lie and a menace in our society.
13 posted on 05/20/2003 8:52:48 AM PDT by Risa
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To: ex-Texan
"The sight of a corpse with a missing liver and heart is horrific, especially when you know that those parts were eaten by fellow human beings and that the same could happen to you,"

If you all weren't such racists, you would recognize our African brothers are 'celebrating diversity'.

14 posted on 05/20/2003 8:54:43 AM PDT by martin gibson
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To: ex-Texan
....ripping out hearts, livers and lungs, which they ate while they were still warm.

Lungs? Yuk! Hearts and livers I can understand, but lungs?! Oh well, as long as they are low fat and low salt I guess it is OK. Will we soon be seeing McLung on the menu?

15 posted on 05/20/2003 10:34:04 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all things that need to be done need to be done by the government.)
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To: ex-Texan
So is there a huge black pot sitting on a log fire like those old Warner Bros cartoons?
16 posted on 05/20/2003 10:36:59 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: ex-Texan

"Which way to the Congo?"


17 posted on 05/20/2003 10:44:56 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY (((Take a cannibal to lunch...but watch your back)))
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To: Senator_Blutarski
"Kind of makes reparations sound silly, doesn't it?"

Silly! Damned insane if you ask me...

The reverse should be discussed..
Semper Fi

18 posted on 05/20/2003 10:46:29 AM PDT by river rat (War works......It brings Peace... Give war a chance to destroy Jihadists...)
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To: ex-Texan
Leaving Africa to the Africans was the cruelest demand of the leftist liberals....

An entire continent has been destroyed...
Generations destroyed by disease, war and famine.....

Home rule --- if ruled by feckless imbeciles or corrupt war lords is not what the liberals had foreseen...

As with all leftist liberal ambitions....the road to hell is paved with good intentions.. Africa has become Hell on earth....

Semper Fi
19 posted on 05/20/2003 10:53:02 AM PDT by river rat (War works......It brings Peace... Give war a chance to destroy Jihadists...)
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To: ex-Texan
Does this mean Idi Amin might get a consulting job? This economy has left him out of work for a while.
20 posted on 05/20/2003 10:56:33 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ex-Texan
The French, eager to demonstrate renewed world relevance, are sending wine pairing consultants.
21 posted on 05/20/2003 12:08:48 PM PDT by Buck W.
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