The above photo of Laurent Nkunda with his pet goat "Betty" (taken during his last Congo interview on January 3, 2009) reminds me of the famous photo of George Orwell with his pet goat "Muriel". It was taken in the back yard of his little house in Wallington in the summer of 1939.
Stories in the news lately have been mentioning Nkunda's pet goat. They have been derogatory and mocking and indicative of United Nations' and Non Governmental Organizations' prejudice against Nkunda and his cause - ie the protection of Congolese people from massacre by genocidal Rwandan Hutus, Mai-Mai and Parecos backed by Kabila's national army, FARDC.
Nkunda is not a "warlord" or a "renegade" as the international media (the Orwellian Ministry of Truth/Lies) always portrays him to be. Nkunda is a true rebel against a corrupt government that was committing war crimes against its own people.
With that in mind, notice the cruel sentiments expressed in the following articles:
Goat Prophet..... UN Dispatches, May 20, 2009 (Forget the "prophet of doom." Gideon Rachman suggests that a short story about goat prices in Somalia could have been the best predictor of the economic meltdown. And to his question of who could play the goat in the movie -- might I suggest Betty, the erstwhile companion of jailed former Congolese warlord Laurent Nkunda?...)
Forget the ICC, What's Going to Happen to Nkunda's Goat?. Wronging Rights, Jan 23, 2009 (...Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda has been captured by Rwandan troops and is currently being held in Gisenyi, Rwanda, pending extradition to Congo and/or a conveniently-timed arrest warrant from the ICC. But the news reports make no mention of a key player in this saga: Nkunda's pet goat, Betty. Betty has been at the rebel leader's side throughout this long conflict. Has Betty remained loyal to Nkunda? Given all that she must have witnessed, her testimony could certainly be valuable to any future prosecution. Will she give evidence in exchange for immunity from, say, being turned into shish kebabs? Will she be put on trial for her complicity in Nkunda's crimes, or be allowed to retire in peace and comfort? (She should go live in the same hotel as Charles Taylor's Poodle.) Or perhaps Betty and Nkunda's loyalty to one another has not wavered, but was used against them! Just last week, commenter texasinafrica suggested on this very blog that "all MONUC really needs to do is capture her; then Nkunda would be ready to seriously negotiate." And then, a mere ten days later, Nkunda is captured, apparently with ease, and mentions of Betty are suspiciously absent from the news stories. Coincidence? Or has the Rwandan army been reading Wronging Rights?)
Congo crisis worsens. Boston.com, Nov 21, 2008 (...Renegade army general Laurent Nkunda stands next to his pet goat "Betty" moments after arriving at his headquarters camp high up in the mountains of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on November 3, 2008. Although a peace deal officially ended DRC's war in 2002, and a subsequent deal in January to disarm rebel groups in the east, Nkunda and his men have not joined the army, as former rebel units were supposed to. His force, estimated to be several thousand strong has recently engaged the Congolese Army in combat and has come to within 15 kms from the provincial capital city of Goma.....Renegade army general Laurent Nkunda's pet goat "Betty" peeks from behind his master's boots moments after he arrived at his headquarters camp high up in the mountains of North Kivu in DR Congo on November 3, 2008 [Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images])
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To me the photos of Nkunda with his pet goat are symbolic of his gentleness and goodness combined with power to protect his people. ~ Jackie Jura
Rwanda refuses to free Congo's Nkunda (arrested for fighting genocidal Rwandan Hutus; court orders his wife to pay legal costs). AFP, May 22, 2009. Go to GULLIVER DESCRIBES LEGAL SYSTEM & 22.Doublethink
Growing atrocities against Kivu Congo people (by Kabila's army/police & Rwandan Hutus). VOA, May 22, 2009
CONGO ARMY NEEDS NKUNDA (training soldiers for the nation)
KAGAME ABET KABILA GET NKUNDA
WILL KAGAME SACRIFICE NKUNDA? (is Nkunda to become the sacrificial lamb?)
IS NKUNDA REFS UNPERSON?
KAGAME HELPING NKUNDA NOT
NKUNDA CONGO'S ONLY PROTECTOR
NKUNDA CAN'T BE COURTED
NKUNDA'S CONGO CREDENTIALS
COMPATRIOTS DEMAND NKUNDA RELEASE
FREE NKUNDA TO FIGHT FOR CONGO
NKUNDA A TRUE BELIEVER
NKUNDA CASE FOR REBELLION
NKUNDA FIGHTING FOR PEACE (There are around 30,000 armed people in eastern Congo and itís a major problem. Some of them are from Burundi (FNL), others from Rwanda (Interahamwe and the FDLR), Uganda (Nalu, the ADF and LRA). We also have some Sudanese rebels in the north. The first step is to have them cleared from eastern Congo. Security first and then development."...)
NKUNDA SHOULD BE HERO
PRINCE OF PEACETIME PHOTOS
KNOW NKUNDA CONGO
ENIGMATIC LAURENT NKUNDA
NKUNDA'S INTORE HEROES
LUMUMBA-LIKE LAURENT NKUNDA
VISITING ORWELL'S WALLINGTON HOUSE & VISITING ORWELL'S ANIMAL FARM
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