Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Rape, brutality ignored to aid Congo peace


Mukengere, who attends to an average of 10 new cases a day, explains bed-by-bed the cruelty that has become the Congo.

"Helene, over there, is 19 years old. She first came here five years ago after having been raped," he said. "We treated her and discharged her, and off she went back to her home village. Five years later, she's back after being attacked and sexually violated over and over again. This is pure madness."

Equally troubling is that aid money designated for victims of sexual abuse here may run out at the end of June despite the relative success of this program, the only one of its kind in the region.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 10:39 AM   1 comments links to this post


At May 24, 2006 4:23 PM, Blogger cailo said...

this is terrifying. what's more terrifying is that rape has long been such a common tool of war that many otherwise well-meaning people will simply shrug and say, "yep, another country where women get raped by roving militias." it would be something akin to "rape fatigue," except that would imply that at one time, these sort of stories actually inspired widespread dismay.

i posted on this today, too. see for a list of organizations working to end international violence against women. (have to scroll to the bottom of the congo post.)

p.s. i'm looking forward to the carnival. great idea.


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