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Rape in the Congo Continues

Furaha Zaguye, 35 years old. Mother of three living in Bulengo IDP camp near Goma, DRC since March 08. Raped just outside the camp while collecting firewood in March 2008.  Photo: ©2008 Stephen Matthews/World Vision

Furaha Zaguye, 35 years old. Mother of three living in Bulengo IDP camp near Goma, DRC since March 08. Raped just outside the camp while collecting firewood in March 2008.
Photo: ©2008 Stephen Matthews/World Vision

The M23 rebellion is a continuation of fighting that has gone on in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the past ten years. This brutal conflict has been a major problem in the Congo since the end of the Second Congo War in 2003. This conflict has breached many human rights issue including the use of rape as a weapon. According to one study, about 48 women are raped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo every hour. The United Nations has called this country the center of rape as a weapon of war and commentators have also described the Congo as the worst place on Earth to be a women. U.N special representative Margot Wallstrom describes the Eastern Congo has being the “rape capital of the world“.

The brave survivors of rape struggle with medical issues such as HIV/AIDS and immense emotional trauma. This unnerving horror that is a reality in the lives of women in the Congo needs to come to an end.

Three brave women share with World Vision how rape has affected their lives in and around camps for those displaced by the ongoing conflict between rebels and government forces.

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