Women yet to be written into history

Women yet to be written into history

Leah Chishugi…
from 2009

….who although a refugee from the fighting in Rwanda, chose to go back to interpret for the Guardian film makers filming the genocide and rape in Darfur.

It is not normal for women to suffer so much. We have to refuse to allow this suffering to continue.” She says she is the first person from “the outside world” to reach the villages, thanks to her ability to blend in with locals – she speaks 15 African languages.

Visits to Kinshasa, the Congolese capital, and a meeting with the Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, have convinced her that neither government is concerned about the women’s situations.

I am not a politician but I want to let the world know what is going on. I believe that Kagame, [Joseph] Kabila [the Congolese president] and [Laurent] Nkunda [the Tutsi rebel leader] all know exactly what is going on.”

Leah Chishugi travels into the heart of eastern Congo to record the testimony of more than 400 women and girls abused by marauding militias.