Posted by: reisendame | October 16, 2007

Rape epidemic ravages Congo- how can we stop it?

According to the United Nations, sexual violence in the Congo is the worst in the world. In the South Kivu province alone, there were 27,000 reports of sexual violence in 2006 alone, and its likely that this figure is a mere fraction of the total.

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Assailants apparently have no targeted age range: doctors say they have seen rape victims between the ages of 3 and 75. Most of the time, these little girls and women are so sadistically attacked that their reproductive and digestive systems are left beyond repair.

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What’s so sick about this epidemic is the fact that the region’s own government is partially responsibility for these atrocities. UN officials say that the Congolese government troops are among the worst offenders when it comes to rape, but the most vicious crimes are usually committed by local militia groups.

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Large swaths of the country are virtually authority-free, where rogues run rampant. Since few of the culprits are ever punished, these crimes continue to rise in practice and prevalence. Brutality has almost become normal for most women. Seventy percent of the women in the town of Shabunda reported being sexually brutalized.

This is a horrifying trend that shows no signs of slowing down as it has become a regular aspect of culture in this region. What’s so troubling about these inhumane crimes is that it is difficult to even fathom a way to save these women from the shame and torture they’ve endured and are sure to endure in the future.

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  1. Once again, three excellent posts. I’m very, very impressed!


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