Rape and sexual violence in the D.R.C

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    The Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C) is often referred to as the ‘Rape Capital of the World’
In the DRC,  most people displaced by years of conflicts and anarchy are suffering from high levels of sexual violence in and around refugee camps.
The DRC has one of the highest records of sexual and gender based violence in the world.
In the DRC, it is more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier.!
Rape is commonly and frequently used as a ‘weapon of war’
    Women who simply go out to look for firewood and water are at constant danger of being attacked, raped or even killed.
Sometimes, they are captured and taken into the forest to be used as ‘bush wives’, where they are repeatedly gang raped and beaten.

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   Here’s the story of a victim
“They kicked me roughly to the ground, ripped off all my clothes and between two of them, they held my feet apart. The two of them raped me brutally and after them, five others”
   A heart broken mother said this,
“One afternoon when I was preparing the little food we managed to get, my daughter who loved playing with other children went outside to play. After some minutes, we received a distressing news from a neighbor that my little girl had been kidnapped by armed men. Her father couldn’t bear it and decided to go outside.
It was our little girl, unconscious, lying on the ground, abandoned and exposed, naked as a frog. My girl, only six years old was raped by armed men.”
     Another victim said this, “the armed men inserted sticks into my vagina, deep and roughly. They didnt do it for any sexual enjoyment, they just enjoyed
seeing me groaning and weeping in extreme pain.”
     The situation is extremely pathetic and heart breaking. These victims are already suffering insecurity, displacement, hunger and lack of medical care due to the long years of conflicts and war that have since ravaged the country, only to have their problems compounded by rape and sexual violence.
   The statistics and figures are scary!
Nearly 40% of women in the DRC have experienced rape or sexual violence in one form or another.
About 1,152 women are raped every day.
48 women are raped per hour
4 women are raped every 5 minutes.
    Sexual violence in the DRC is not limited to women alone. Cases of male ‘homosexual’ rape are rapidly increasing. However, most male victims keep silent due to the stigma attached to it. If they speak out, they’d be ostracized and seen as homosexuals, so, they’d rather remain silent. ( homosexuality is illegal in 38 African countries)
    Numerous cases of human trafficking, sexual slavery, child abuse and forced prostitution have also been reported.  Women suffer all forms of diseases like rectovaginal and vesicovagina fistula, STI’s, in addition to emotional and psychological trauma.
      These people do not deserve to suffer. They really need help and support. Even as we remember them in our prayers, we solicit for help from the UN, developed countries and prominent charities and philanthropists.

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9 thoughts on “Rape and sexual violence in the D.R.C

    Gillian Jane said:
    December 11, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Could Not Agree more!!!! With sexual abuse laws that are incapable of protecting women, what more can we expect!

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      llip2 said:
      December 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      These crimes extend beyond the “crimes against humanity” level. If these people had the same level of press reporting that the civil war in Syria received, then something would be done. But since it happens in an area where there is no resource to be exploited, not much, if any, attention is paid to it. The UN really needs to update their standards, since it seems crimes against women are not taken seriously. Unspeakable Shame!

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        Gillian Jane said:
        December 12, 2013 at 9:15 am

        Super like!

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        llip2 said:
        December 13, 2013 at 12:37 am

        Thanks! 🙂

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        lotenna responded:
        December 13, 2013 at 8:28 pm

        you’re warmly welcome.

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        lotenna responded:
        December 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm

        thanks very much

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