Today in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), people are still struggling after one of the deadliest wars in all history. Millions died and new conflicts threaten peace every day. Perhaps worse than the loss of life is the staggering numbers of human rights violations. A countless number of women as old as 80 and girls as young as 5 have been raped and tortured.
Emmy Award winning producer/director Lisa F. Jackson spent 2006 in the war zones of eastern DRC documenting the tragic plight of women and girls in that country’s intractable conflict. She gave the women she interviewed the chance to break The Greatest Silence and share with the world their stories of courage and resiliency. Jackson was herself gang raped in 1976 and shared her experience with the survivors she interviewed. The film is a journey into a literal heart of darkness, a search for survivors who pay witness to their own experiences, and break the silence.
Host a watch party and join a conference call to learn more. For more information visit the Enough Project at http://www.enoughproject.org/greatestsilence.
We encourage you to watch with your friends and family to learn more about what is happening to women in Congo. Please watch Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 on HBO at 10pm.