Wrap-up from our screening of The Greatest Silence

Hi everyone,

60 Minutes on Congo

60 Minutes piece on Dr. Denis Mukewege and the Panzi Hospital. Watch it.

We had a really good turnout at the screening of The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo this past Sunday.  All of us were pleasantly surprised by the money raised — $358!  These donations will be split evenly between The Panzi Foundation and OC for Darfur.  We are extremely grateful for the generosity of everyone who was able to attend.

If you’d still like to donate, you can do so on our website.

A number of you asked for more information about ways to help the victims in Congo.  You can find more information about the work of Dr. Denis Mukewege and Panzi Hospital on their website.  Since the minerals in our cell phones, laptops etc. fund the militias who perpetrate the violence, we encourage you to visit the Raise Hope For Congo website and sign the petition to bring accountability into the process.

Beyond the donations and actions we encourage you to take, we are grateful for your participation.  Bearing witness to such horrors is very difficult and puts immense strains on one’s own heart and soul.  Given the scale of these problems, it can feel like doom and despair are the only option.  These difficulties are very real.  Yet it is essential that we have a community of people who can hold their ground in the face of such insurmountable challenges.  We all need to take better care of ourselves, know our limits, know when to back off to recharge versus when to stand up, and support each other in the process.  That is the goal in Living Ubuntu.

Thank you for your continued engagement and support.

With gratitude,

Barbara, Anshul and all of us at
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
ocfordarfur.org | blog | facebook

PS: Our next meeting is this Tuesday, Sep 28th at 6:30p. Hope you can join us!

Screening of The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo is this Sunday, Sep 19th

[When] events are natural disasters or “acts of God,” those who bear witness sympathize readily with the victim. But when the traumatic events are of human design, those who bear witness are caught in the conflict between victim and perpetrator. It is morally impossible to remain neutral in this conflict. The bystander is forced to take sides.

It is very tempting to take the side of the perpetrator. All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing. He appeals to the universal desire to see, hear, and speak no evil. The victim, on the contrary, asks the bystander to share the burden of pain. The victim demands action, engagement, and remembering.

– Judith Herman

Hi everyone,

Dr. Denis Mukwege of Panzi Hospital

Dr. Denis Mukwege of Panzi Hospital. Click to find out more about the screening this Sunday, Sep 19th.

Last February, Nicholas Kristof of the NY Times travelled to Congo and interviewed Dr. Denis Mukwege of the Panzi Hospital (watch the video). Congo’s gang rape epidemic has done unspeakable damage to women’s bodies in the region. Dr. Mukwege has been one of the few tireless miracle-workers performing endless surgeries to repair what violence has ripped apart. Last year, after traveling to Congo and speaking with the women at Panzi Hospital, Lee Ann De Reus, a woman I had the pleasure of meeting through GI-Net’s Carl Wilkens Fellowship, launched the Panzi Foundation in order to raise funds to directly support the life-saving work being done through Dr. Mukwege and others at Panzi.

This Sunday we invite you to join us as we screen the film, The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo. It is incredibly well-done and thereby equally important and disturbing to watch.

A free-will offering will be collected at the screening and split equally between The Panzi Foundation and Orange County for Darfur. Thank you in advance for any size contribution you are able to make.

All details are below. If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP on the website. Thank you.


Barbara English
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
ocfordarfur.org | blog | facebook