The Greatest Silence - Event

This year, seventeen African countries mark 50 years of independence. The Mantle and Project Africa's joint series, African Revolutions, marks this milestone with a series of live and online events and publications examining each of the countries. This event marks the beginning of this initiative.

On October 22, 2010, The Mantle and Project Africa screened the film, The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, followed by a discussion with Maurice Carney, Co-founder and Executive Director, Friends of the Congo, and Mamadou Otto Diallo, epidemiologist and Senior Project Manager of the Monitoring & Evaluation Unit at the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP), Columbia University. Q&A from the audience ended the evening.

Video by Bryan Isom.*

Mamadou Otto Diallo: 0:00-35:30 | Maurice Carney: 35:30 - 50:00 | Q&A: 50:00 - 1:07:00

Photos by Jika González.


About The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo

Winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize in Documentary and the inspiration for a 2008 U.N. Resolution classifying rape as a weapon of war, this extraordinary film, shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), shatters the silence that surrounds the use of sexual violence as a weapon of conflict. Many tens of thousands of women and girls have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army. A survivor of gang rape herself, Emmy Award®‐winning filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson travels through the DRC to understand what is happening and why. More about the film here.

event: October 22, 2010; published: November 8, 2010


* This video is simultaneously published on Project Africa's website here.

Shaun Randol founded The Mantle in 2009. Today he is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher. You can email him at shaun [at] Shaun is the co-editor of Gambit: Newer African Writing.

Skye Dobson is founder and director of The Wembly Fund, a non-profit that supports grassroots child-welfare initiatives in Africa. She also serves on the board of African Children's Haven, where she is heavily involved in the organization’s East Africa programs. Skye is in the final semester of a Master's degree in International Affairs at the New School and serves as president of the school’s Project Africa organization.