EIGHT CONGO REBELS COMMITTED HORRIBLE ATROCITIES AND ENJOYED IT: I’ve posted this image before, but I wanted to include it in this series as well. These men stared directly into the camera and admitted to all the atrocities they had committed as rebel soldiers in eastern Congo (rape, muder, looting, killing babies). To top it off, one said he enjoyed it.
I recently had to put together a new and revised photo essay on a story Caught in the Crossfire that I did awhile ago. It was a story based out of the Congo (DRC) and had three parts: rebels who had committed horrible atrocities; victims of such atrocities; and redemption for both rebels and victims. So, I thought i would run the series here, including a few images that I have already posted.
RIP to all the young black and brown kids, who were specifically targeted by recruiters because they knew there weren’t many other options. RIP to all the poor high schoolers who joined for a regular paycheck and a supposedly “honorable” job. RIP to all the brown folks who found themselves in another country killing people who looked just like them. RIP to all the black and brown kids who joined for a chance to further their education, who never saw their dreams realized. #Hate it!
Photographer Mayan Toledano was born and raised in Haifa, Israel. As a young girl, she threw herself into dance and art, relishing the freedom such creativity afforded her. She had hopes of making art into adulthood, maybe even traveling the world. But, even as a kid, she knew that when she turned 18, she’d put her plans on hold, and join the army.
Remains of Scottish soldiers who died 400 years ago to be reburied
The remains of Scottish soldiers who died of starvation and disease almost 400 years ago, after a brutal forced march when they were taken prisoner by Oliver Cromwell, will be reburied with honour near the site where where their bodies were tipped into a mass grave in the shadow of Durham cathedral.
The discovery, after three years of research on bones found during building work within the Unesco world heritage site of Durham palace and cathedral, resolves a centuries old puzzle about what happened to 6,000 prisoners taken by the English parliamentarian army under Cromwell after the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.
Some of the men were so ill they were freed immediately, some were shot for trying to escape and others succeeded in getting away, while many died on the 100-mile march south to Durham. Read more.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest we forget!
(The artwork is called ‘The Catch Up’ by Warrick Eady. It covers 100 years of Australian army soldier uniforms, and is a tear-jerker for many folks from my side of the world. ANZAC day is about Australia and New Zealand and the tragedy the brave men and women bravely endured, but this really is a great image to show respect to all our fallen brothers in arms.)
The Iranian Basij (Persian: بسيج), full name Sāzmān-e Basij-e Mostaz'afin (Persian: سازمان بسیج مستضعفین, “The Organization for Mobilization of the Oppressed”) paramilitary volunteer militia during the Iran-Iraq war.
Poorly trained and equipped, these men would usually be used in massive human wave attacks against strong Iraqi positions, leading to massive causalities similar to those of the First World War.
They were also notorious for the high number of minors among their ranks, a direct consequence of the Islamic fervor and inherent volunteer nature of this force.
In 2009, 18-year-old Rukhsana Kausar was spending time with her family in Jammu, India. Located in the Kashmir region that both India and Pakistan claim ownership of, Jammu is basically the island from Lost: there’s a lot of drama and a lot of death, and if you try to make sense out of it all, you’re only going to end up disappointed.
Her mother was presumably just about to start passive-aggressively asking about babies, as all mothers do, when Pakistani militants rushed into Kausar’s village. Four guards posted up outside of her house, while three gunmen went in and beat Kausar’s parents and uncle in front of her and her siblings. Luckily for Kausar, her parents had stuffed her under a bed before they came in.
But after her parents fell to the ground in front of her, she found she could take no more. Kausarleaped up behind one of the gunmen (who was also armed with an ax), grabbed him by the hair, bashed his head into the wall, and threw him down. She clocked the floored invader with his own ax, seized his rifle, and blasted commander Abu “I feel like my name was made up by racists” Osama into pieces.
She tagged another as he fled, and started a pitched battle with the rest of the militants that lasted for hours. After seeing their commander smoked by a teenage girl, then trying to take her out for half a day with only injuries on their side, the rest of the militants decided they’d rather not risk getting made fun of quite so hard in hell, so they packed up and fled.