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American Opinion - On Congo problems:

An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:

From The Associated Press

On Congo problems:

A year after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the central African nation of Congo and pledged $17 million to fight the epidemic of sexual violence, innocent women, girls and even boys are still being raped at will -- and in shockingly large numbers.

But what is most disturbing about the situation is that the United Nations has had a peacekeeping force in the country for 10 years ....

A U.N. report was released (last) week documenting the atrocities committed between 1993 and 2003. More than 5 million people died.

The report singles out the military of neighboring Rwanda for war crimes and genocide. ... Against that background, the epidemic of sexual violence, which was illustrated by the mass rapes that took place over a four-day period this summer, demands an aggressive response from the United Nations. ...

The international community cannot remain silent any longer. The Unites States ... has a responsibility to lead the way in protecting the civilian population in Congo.

Human decency demands no less.

-- The Vindicator,

Youngstown, Ohio