Sep 11, 2009

Tissues. Now.
Things I have learned:
a. There are Mennonite groups in Bolivia (wtf?!)
b. Over 300 women (of the 2,000 members. total.) have been systematically raped
c. By other Mennonites.
d. Who only got caught because they arrived late to work in the fields and the elders got pissed.
It is interesting to contrast this pacifist, and generally peaceful (I assume), group whose targeted rapes are just now coming to light, with the documented "war-strategy" rapes in the Congo or Rwanda or Yugoslavia. For some (probably ignorant and elitist/racist/classist/etc.) reason the quiet nature of this community contrasting with the violence and violation of rape make this so much more shocking. It should not be. But it is.

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