The Human Impact

Video makes plea for alleged LRA sex, gender victims in CAR

A short documentary about the alleged atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) shifts the spotlight from Uganda, where the notorious rebel group originated in 2005, onto the plight of women living in remote regions of Central African Republic (CAR).

In “Our Plea: Women and Girls from the Central African Republic Turn to the ICC for Justice”, two young women say they were captured, raped and tortured in the CAR jungle by members of the group led by Joseph Kony, a self-styled mystic leader who at one time wanted to rule Uganda according to the biblical Ten Commandments.

The 10-minute YouTube video features Nanzouno-Dadine Lea and Joelle Mazungi asking the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague to expand its current investigations into the activities of the rebels in Uganda to include LRA activities in CAR.

In the video, the two women also ask for financial, medical and psychological help.

“When we refused to satisfy their sexual requests, they beat us,” Lea says in the film, which was presented this week to the office of the prosecutor at the ICC by human-rights groups WITNESS and Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice.

@Documentally discusses “revolutionary” protest apps

As governments and security forces become more aware of the role of social media in coordinating protest movements they are developing new ways to block, hack and track citizen tweets, Facebook posts and other social-media messages.

The Frontline Club, an independent journalism organisation in London, held a panel discussion on Tuesday in association with the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) College of Journalism to debate the role of mobile apps that aim to empower protesters. Demonstrators and citizen journalists have an ever-widening range of virtual tools that can help them navigate safely around protest sites.

Two of the apps in focus during the discussion were web-based Sukey and the ObscuraCam camera app. Debate focused on whether apps would actually protect protesters and the value of citizen journalism vs “traditional journalism” in covering such events.