Massacres happen much more often than we would like to think, but rarely are they recorded. This past week, a disturbing video shows a mass killing occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The video beings with soldiers (dressed in the uniform of the national army) walking towards a group of civilians, when all of a sudden, guns are raised and shots are fired. One of the soldiers states, “Look they are dying. Watch how they get killed like animals.”
And one by one, each person falls to the ground. None attempted to run away.
As the footage goes closer to the group, it is evident that the victims were mere civilians posing no imminent danger. Not only were there no weapons near the bodies, but many of the victims look young and some were women.
Human rights activists and the United Nations are now looking into the video and its source. The Congo has a history of government-led atrocities, so it would come as no surprise if this massacre was also sponsored.
Unfortunately, these incidents are common. The Congo is not merely lawless, but rather reported as “the most deadly conflict since World War II.” From 1998 to 2007, nearly 5.4 million Congolese have been killed.
Clearly, more action needs to be taken, and it needs to be taken before another massacre occurs.