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DR Congo massacre survivors struggle for survival



After fleeing the Kishishe massacre in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s volatile east, the survivors recount how they fled to Kitshanga to a displaced peoples’ camp, which has been home to many displaced people for over 20 years.

“We were told that many people died in Kishishe,” says one woman who followed the river’s path to escape the massacre with some of her children.

They saw horrors in their village of Kishishe fled and walked in fear and cold for dozens of kilometres to escape the M23 rebels who are backed by Rwanda, according to the UN.

An AFP team met Samuel, Tuyisenge, Eric, Florence and others on Friday in a camp for displaced people in the locality of Kitshanga, in the Masisi territory, where they arrived in recent days.

Depending on the route they took, they travelled 40 or 60 kilometres through the hills to arrive at this camp called Mungote, after fleeing the November 29 killings.

According to a preliminary U.N. investigation, at least 131 civilians were executed that day by the M23 (“March 23 Movement”), a predominantly Tutsi rebellion that has seized large swaths of Rutshuru territory, neighbouring Masisi, north of the North Kivu provincial capital, Goma, in recent months.

The rebels are also accused of rape, abduction and looting, committed against the civilian population in retaliation for an attack by mainly Hutu armed groups.

“The M23 rebels started shooting everywhere,” said Samuel, a young man who said he saw six dead – three members of his family, including his older brother James, and three other residents of Kishishe.

“I decided to run away and it took me a week to get to Kitshanga on foot,” he says.

Tuyisenge is a 30-year-old mother. “I was in church and I was able to escape. Some resisted and were killed. I saw nine dead,” she says, with tears in her eyes.

“I have seven children, but I came here with three. The other four have disappeared and my husband, I have no news”, she adds, surrounded by other women who also want to tell the terror they have experienced.

They have nothing, just the clothes they were wearing when they ran away.

A little further on, in the middle of the displaced persons’ huts, Florence, 45 years old, explains that she walked for several days to get here. She has no news of her husband or two of her children. “In the camp, the one who takes pity on me gives me sweet potatoes,” she says sadly.

Eric is haunted by the image of his older brother’s two children who “came out of the house shouting ‘there’s shooting'”. “They were shot right at the door and died on the spot”, their names were Jacques and Musayi.

According to the Congolese government, UN experts and the American and Belgian diplomatic corps, Rwanda supports the M23. Kigali disputes this, accusing Kinshasa of supporting Hutu rebels, some of whom were involved in the 1994 genocide of Rwandan Tutsis.

The former colonial power Belgium tweeted a statement about the massacre.

It called on Rwanda “to cease all assistance to the M23 and to continue to use all the means at its disposal to persuade it to re-engage in a process of disarmament, demobilization and community reintegration.”

There have been war-displaced people in Kitshanga for years, some having arrived at the time of a previous M23 offensive. The movement occupied Goma for about 10 days in late 2012, before being defeated the following year by the Congolese army supported by UN peacekeepers.

The M23 took up arms again late last year, blaming the Kinshasa government for not respecting commitments to demobilize its fighters.

According to its officials, the Mungote camp was already home to more than “40,000 households” and about 4,000 more arrived just recently.

“Up to four families are sleeping in a hut, men, women and children. People are dying,” says Vumilia Peruse, vice president of the camp. “They arrive with nothing… The authorities must intervene as soon as possible to avoid a catastrophe,” she said.

“We thought that this war was between soldiers and that we would be spared,” comments Toby Kahunga, president of the civil society of the Bashali chiefdom (grouping of villages). “But they are killing people,” he said, demanding that Rwandan President Paul Kagame “withdraw his men.”


Frail Jane Fonda, 85, is seen in wheelchair at LAX




Jane Fonda looked frail as she was seen in a wheelchair arriving back at LAX Airport from the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.

Fonda wore a black jacket, lavender sweater, black pants and white shirt for her arrival look.

She completed the ensemble with sunglasses and a black face mask.

It is not known why Fonda used a wheelchair –  but in the past she has had back operations, an artificial knee surgery and a hip implant which required her to use the aide.

Sighting: Jane Fonda looked frail as she was seen in a wheelchair arriving back at LAX Airport from the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday

Sighting: Jane Fonda looked frail as she was seen in a wheelchair arriving back at LAX Airport from the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday

Fonda is facing backlash after she called for men to face ‘arrest and jail’ for the destruction done to the planet as she blamed white men specifically for creating the ‘climate crisis.’

‘It is a tragedy that we have to absolutely stop. We have to arrest and jail those men — they’re all men [behind this],’ she said Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival.

She added there ‘would be no climate crisis if there was no racism.’

‘White men are the things that matter and then everything else [is] at the bottom,’ the outspoken actor said of the ‘hierarchy’ that gives men power.

Fonda first shared her thoughts about the connection between racism and climate change in an interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show earlier this year.

‘Where would they put the sh*t,’ she said. ‘They’re not gonna put it in Bel Air. They’ve got to find someplace where poor people or indigenous people or people of color are living.’

Fonda on Saturday called for those in positions to act quickly as she says there is less than a decade to save the planet from the effects of climate change.

‘This is serious. We’ve got about seven, eight years to cut ourselves in half of what we use of fossil fuels, and unfortunately, the people that have the least responsibility for it are hit the hardest,’ she said.

Airport: The iconic actress, 85, who claimed 'white men are to blame for climate crisis' at the festival on Saturday, was seen being wheeled through the terminal by an airport employee after her long-haul flight from France

Airport: The iconic actress, 85, who claimed ‘white men are to blame for climate crisis’ at the festival on Saturday, was seen being wheeled through the terminal by an airport employee after her long-haul flight from France

Global South, people on islands, poor people of color,’ the actress continued.

Her comments came after a question from the audience at the famed film fest.

‘It’s good for us all to realize, there would be no climate crisis if there was no racism. There would be no climate crisis if there was no patriarchy,’ Fonda stated.

‘A mindset that sees things in a hierarchical way. White men are the things that matter and then everything else [is] at the bottom,’ she explained.

The ‘Grace and Frankie’ actor has previously sparked headlines for her head-turning comments on the highly politicized issue.

Back in December Fonda  announced that her cancer is now in remission and has been told by doctors she can discontinue chemotherapy treatment ahead of her 85th birthday next week.

The Barbarella star revealed the happy news to her fans via her website, calling it ‘the best birthday present ever.’

‘Last week I was told by my oncologist that my cancer is in remission and I can discontinue chemo,’ she wrote in a lengthy post.

September post: The star explained that she was receiving chemo, and that she was hopeful for a good outcome

September post: The star explained that she was receiving chemo, and that she was hopeful for a good outcome

In September, Fonda – who has previously battled the disease – announced she had cancer after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, but told fans at the time she felt ‘lucky’ as it is ‘very treatable.’

The thrice-married star said in her latest health update: ‘I am feeling so blessed, so fortunate. I thank all of you who prayed and sent good thoughts my way. I am confident that it played a role in the good news.’

‘I’m especially happy because while my first 4 chemo treatments were rather easy for me, only a few days of being tired, the last chemo session was rough and lasted 2 weeks making it hard to accomplish much of anything.’

Fonda, a two-time Oscar winner, said in September that she was ‘privileged as a celebrity’ and was ‘lucky’ to ‘have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatment.’

She has previously been diagnosed with both breast and skin cancer, and blamed the latter on her past love of sunbathing.

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Tina Turner: legendary rock’n’roll singer dies aged 83




Tina Turner, the pioneering rock’n’roll star who became a pop behemoth in the 1980s, has died aged age of 83 after a long illness, her publicist has told the PA news agency.
Turner affirmed and amplified Black women’s formative stake in rock’n’roll, defining that era of music to the extent that Mick Jagger admitted to taking inspiration from her high-kicking, energetic live performances for his stage persona. After two decades of working with her abusive husband, Ike Turner, she struck out alone and – after a few false starts – became one of the defining pop icons of the 1980s with the album Private Dancer. Her life was chronicled in three memoirs, a biopic, a jukebox musical, and in 2021, the acclaimed documentary film, Tina.

“Turner’s musical character has always been a charged combination of mystery as well as light, melancholy mixed with a ferocious vitality that often flirted with danger,” scholar Daphne A Brooks wrote for the Guardian in 2018.
Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November 1939 and raised in Nutbush, Tennessee, where she recalled picking cotton with her family as a child. She sang in the tiny town’s church choir, and as a teenager talked – or rather, sang – her way into Ike’s band in St Louis: he had declined her request to join until he heard her seize the microphone during a Kings of Rhythm performance for a rendition of BB King’s You Know I Love You.
She had suffered ill health in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 2017.

‘I was just tired of singing and making everybody happy’ … Tina Turner performs at the O2 Arena, London, in 2009. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

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Mike Tyson Break Silence On Jamie Foxx’s Health : He’s Suffered A Stroke’




Boxer Mike Tyson has claimed that actor Jamie Foxx suffered a stroke amid his mystery hospitalisation.

Jamie Foxx was hospitalised with a stroke last month, according to former pro boxing legend Mike Tyson.

The Oscar-winning actor was rushed to hospital in April after reportedly experiencing a “medical complication” whilst filming his upcoming Netflix film, Back in Action.

The 55-year-old has since been discharged from hospital and is continuing to recover at a physical rehabilitation facility.

Speaking on the latest episode of the Valuetainment podcast, Tyson updated fans on Jamie’s health condition.

“He’s not feeling well. They said a stroke. I have no idea what happened to him,’ quipped Tyson on the podcast.

Foxx’s family are yet to reveal what happened to the Oscar-winning actor, but have taken to social media to give periodic updates.

Jamie’s daughter Corinne took to Instagram to update fans on her father and said: “My dad has has been out of the hospital for weeks recuperating.”

“In fact, he was playing pickelball yesterday! Thanks for everyone’s prayers and support,” Corinne added. “We have an exciting work announcement coming next week too!”

Foxx was set to portray Mike Tyson in an upcoming biographical TV series, however Mike revealed that the programme is in limbo following his health.

“Well, it was a possibility. I don’t know what’s going to happen now. But, you know, it’s a strong possibility.”

“If we don’t know by now, they don’t want us to know,” said Tyson.

Jamie is now recovering in Chicago after being hospitalised in Atlanta, Georgia.

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