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Letters from Readers

Read what activists around the world have to say about our campaign!

Thank you for Eve Ensler's moving article "Women Left for Dead--and the Man Who's Saving Them." I was particularly glad to see that the author mentioned the link between the violence in the Congo today and the genocide the Congolese experienced under Belgian rule. In understanding how humanitarian disasters like this come about, we often need to look no further than the West's ruthless colonization efforts in Africa and elsewhere, a tragedy for which there are few memorials. It is heartening to know that there are people like Dr. Mukwege working to undo the damage, and writers like Ms. Ensler telling their stories so well.

Elizabeth Bowen

I was floored by Eve Ensler's article, "Rape in the Congo" my heart bleeds for those women who are tortured on a daily basis. I'm disgusted that our society focus' on the mishaps of Hollywood's socialites when something like this is happening in our world. I commend both Eve and Glamour for bringing this to our attention...I've have never been so moved to try and help my fellow women!!

Erin O’Keefe

I was deeply moved by what I read about what women in the Democratic Republic of Congo are dealing with. I was also angry that the government is not doing more to help this problem so I decided to write to the President of Congo and I pray that others will also and our efforts can help save lives of amazing women struggling to survive in Congo.
Sara Moody, Florida

Message goes here : I attempted to read the article about the rape of women and children in the congo three times.When I finally finished I was in shock!I cant even begin to imagine what it must be like to live day in an day out with the constant threat of such in-describable violence. This is such an important story, with an even more urgent message. We must ALL do something about the abuse against women and children everywhere. I will forever have images of those damaged young girls in my mind and heart.

Eve Newell

Thank you for writing about the atrocities inflicted on the women of Congo. The piece WAS hard to read but being citizens of this world, the least we can do is read about the pain these women are going through. I have written my letter to Mr. Kabange. Thank you for letting me know how I can help. I have been a subscriber for about 10 years. This is the first time I am writing to you. I just wanted to let you know how much this piece touched me. I usually skip the articles about make-up and hair. I am just not that girly. The one or two hard-hitting feminist articles in each issue are the reason that I continue to subscribe. Please continue writing about women around the world, even if it is sometimes hard to swallow. Thank you

Noemi Berlus

Hi Glamour,
The first things I did after reading the article about the women of Congo in your September issue was let out the breath I had been holding as I took in the story, wipe away the tears of horror and outrage, and sit down at my computer to write a letter to Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I have attached my letter for you to read as well. To say I am speechless at the atrocities described in the story is a gross understatement. I hope the other women who read the article have similar responses, as I am sure they will after reading about these horrendous crimes against women that are happening at this very moment. Thanks Glamour, for bringing this injustice to light and giving us a chance to speak out on behalf of our fellow women.

Jennifer Dressler

I have never before been affected enough by an article in a magazine to write in about it, but Eve Ensler's story about the women in the Democratic Republic of Congo deeply affected me. I was nearly moved to tears reading Nadine and Alfonsine's stories, and the horrible things these women face. But I realized that, as Dr. Mukwege pointed out, crying wouldn't do anything to help these women. As soon as I finished the article I got on the V-Day website and donated money. I'm in college and I don't have a lot to spare, but I could not even fathom a better way to spend it. I can't wait to get back to my campus and spread the word about the Congolese women and hopefully work on a V-Day event to further support them. Thank you Glamour for printing such an amazing story, and thank you to Eve Ensler for working to help these women.

Ashley Overlock

Hello, I finished reading the September article by Eve Ensler on the heart-wrenching story of what is going on with women and children in the Congo last night. My heart broke and I wept as I re-read the graphic stories she reiterated of victims of rape and mutilation to my husband. Between this story and what Miriam Pearl has reported over the past year, it has added new charities and organizations for me to donate to each year so I know I am doing something. As a survivor of domestic violence, I am so much more impacted by all of these stories, and thankful to both Miriam Pearl and Eve Ensler for their phenomenal 'take action' stance on this and various women issues around the globe. After reading all such stories, I feel we live in such a 'bubble' here in the U.S. and am so, so grateful that no matter how I struggle financially, I can still somehow manage to put food on the table for my two daugters and a roof over my head. Any of my problems are so miniscule to just what women around the globe have to deal with on a daily basis. I will forever be thankful each day that I was not born into such an unfortunate situation, but know that I can help with donations, writing letters, and such to feel that I too can 'take action' with these two incredible women journalist. Please keep up these stories
Glamour, as it adds a light of reflection I feel for all of us to remain thankful each and every day.

There's a psychologist named David Burns who argues that anger is only a useful emotion when it pushes us to action. After reading the article about the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I was furious and teary-eyed. I was so angry that such horror was occurring in the world. This anger, though, has spurred my interest in trying to help out. I truly hope that it's gotten others to feel the same and I applaud Dr. Mukwege's work and dedication to help these women recover.
Anne Marie Newman

I was appalled by the horrors occuring to women in the congo! I was unaware of the things happening to people what seems like a world away, and I must say that I am both disappointed, and disturbed by the fact that this story didn't get the attention it deserves. Seriously, how can "Your top 10 sex questions" be on the cover, and not something of more substance and urgency?!!!
Ronica Ronderos

I want to commend Glamour and Eve Ensler for bringing to light the suffering of the women in Congo. As difficult as that article was to read, I am so glad that I did. I immediately wrote a letter to the President of the Congo and am enlisting everyone I know to do the same. One voice may be small, but together all of us can make a difference. If every reader of Glamour followed suit and their friends did the same think of the impact we can have! Ladies, the time is now! Let us band together and not allow the toture of these women to continue. This is a crime against all of us, and all of humanity. I am begging you not to sit in silence. PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING NOW!
Erin Suisham

Hello my Name is Kristen R and I'm 13 years old. When I read the story that Ensler wrote for Glamour Magazine, I was amazed at how many women were hurt. It made me realize that I have no reason to complain about my life. Now all I can think about is how much I want to help. My little brother is 11 years old and when I told him about Alfonsine's story it made him realize that he has nothing to complain about.

Kristin R

Ms.Ensler's Glamour article, thank you.

I wanted to write to thank you Ms.Ensler, for writing "Women left for dead --and the man who's saving them". I read it word for word and the story of these women opened my eyes. I was sickened, saddened, and more than anything I was angered. But I think it's amazing that you shared the story of these women with so many people, because I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants to help.

I'm going to do as your article suggested, and write a letter to President
Kabila, I'm writing one to my city paper (I'm from Toronto, Ontario), and
I'm going to speak to my school principle about perhaps organizing a fundraiser for the Panzi hospital. And my family and I are looking into sponsoring a child from the Congo, more specifically a young girl.

I'm only 15, so I know I'm young, but if nobody bothered to try nothing would ever change, right?

You, and the women of the Congo are true inspirations. I never knew people could be so strong. I think what you're doing to help women and children is amazing. Thank you so much for writing their story.

Taylor Atcheson

I spent three weeks in Bukavu, DRC this summer. It was a wonderful experience, I really hope to return to work with the women. The day we visited Panzi was so horrible. I had taken a bag full of tshirts and bandanas and when we went into the room where the 16 women were recovering from fistula surgeries, my heart broke and I decided to give all the shirts to those women. Sometimes it is nice to just receive a small gift. The work being done at this hospital is amazing. I'm glad people are finally taking notice of the horrors after so many years. Thank you.

Marie Diane

It is with my deepest and sincerest thought I email, I read the article in Glamour magazine and I was absolutely sick with anger and pain to learn about the inhumane ways of the Congo. I would just like to take a quick moment to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart and I hope to speak on behalf of many others for what your organization is doing to end this brutal violence against young girls and women.
Had I not read this article I honestly would have not known such a profound detail what is going on in our world. I as a tax paying citizen want to know WHY we are spending billions of our tax dollars in Iraq; when we should send troops to the Congo. I promise to inform everyone woman I know about the reality that women; our sisters too) are facing each and every day with no where to go and not enough resources to abort this awful situation they must live in each and every day. Please keep up this wonderful work you do for these precious souls.

Sincerely, _Cynthia Milstead-Pinto

To Whom It May Concern,

My name is Carrie Esposito and I live in Denham Springs, Louisiana.

I just read an article published in Glamour magazine by Eve Ensler titled "Women Left for Dead-and the Man Who's Saving Them". Unfortunately in this world of constant media attention, we are sometimes left numb to violence and inhumanity in the world. But this article moved me to tears. The visual images that Ms. Ensler's article created for me were horrific. And the sad part is I really had no idea this was going on before reading this article.

The violence that these people are enduring is unacceptable to me. We live in a country that is torn by the questions of fighting unnecessary wars, abortion, health care and countless other issues that never even enter the radar for these people. Yet the media doesn't talk about this. WHY NOT? If this were happening here or in a country where we actually had financial interests, I'm sure we'd never hear the end of it.

But these people DO matter as well as the countless others in countries where this the "norm".

Thank you for educating me about what I can do to help. I will be sending a letter to President Kabange as well as encouraging people at my church to do this as well. Please let me know if there are any other letters that I can send with regards to these issues in other areas of the world. I may be one person but I have the power of the pen and a big mouth!

Carrie Esposito

Thank you for everything you are doing for us.
These women and children are my family. I am from the DRC, from Bukavu. I did not grow up there, I grew up in Kinshasa but I have visited my family there.
I now live in the USA; it has been a little over 7 years. I cry when I see what we do to ourselves. I feel powerless. But I feel hopeful. I want to get involved and I will, I promise.

Thank you.
Thynna Ngangura.