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Congo drums rapidly beat
into the hearts of innocent wombs
a mythical warrior's prized sacrifice
the stolen booty of hell's pirates

parted are the legs of the red sea
soldier upon soldier march through
oblivious to the fear of drowning
from so many tears of mourning

for the spirit has died
flooded by the filth
eroded by the stench of lust
pillaged with utter brutality

smiles of decay are zippered
hiding a bloodied sword
crumpled, lies the slain victim
breathing the venom of tainted beasts

another territory conquered
yet the struggle so fierce
that it took 20 men
to invade a 12 year old girl........

Bob Shank-July 28th, 2006
You know, I'm old and understand that the world is constantly and rapidly 
changing, but how a worldwide news program can air a documentary about 
25,000+ rapes occuring in the congo by soldiers and nothing is being done is 
beyond me. These women, (actually most were little girls) were raped, battered 
and beaten so many times, they needed surgery to repair their genital areas. 
One women was forced to watch her husband and two kids being murdered 
before she was ganged raped repeatedly by 15 or more soldiers... We used to 
hunt war criminals, but I guess impoverished nations aren't on the list....When 
will humanity wake up! 

Copyright © Bob shank

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