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Rape in Congo : Facts
A woman or girl is raped every 8 minutes in the DRC
More than 200,000 women have been raped since the beginning of the conflict
UNFPA (The United Nations Population Fund) the agency coordinating work on sexual violence in Congo, reported that 15,996 new cases of sexual violence were registered in 2008 throughout the country
Rebel movements, foreign fighters, and local militias – including some of those responsible for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda – fight to control Congo’s vast natural resources and prey upon civilians
Many tens of thousands of women and girls have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army
Much of the violence is unspeakably brutal. Many sexual violence survivors have received debilitating damage to their reproductive organs, resulting in multiple fistulas and incontinence
Women and girls have been left with broken bones, missing limbs and burned flesh. Some have been shot and stabbed in the vagina with rifles, shards of glass and other objects. Family men have been forced at gun point to sexually violate their own daughters, sisters and mothers
Women and girls throughout the DRC are susceptible to sexual violence during the course of their daily routines, such as fetching wood or water, or because poverty has forced them into selling sex as a means of survival
Recent analysis suggests that armed groups will continue targeting civilian populations in 2010. As a result, internal displacement will continue in the eastern provinces and human rights violations, including sexual violence, might even increase in some areas

Practical Solutions to help end Rape in Congo
Get involved with a charity that is raising funds and awareness for victims of rape in the Congo:
- TG Foundation: www.tatianagiraudfoundation.org
- V-Day London: www.vdaylondon.com
Hold a “Congo Teach-In” in your home with your friends and family to raise awareness about rape in the Congo. For more information email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Find out how to get involved in advocating Politicians and the Business community to pressure them to pass legislation to regulate the metals mining industry in the eastern DR Congo to help end the violence in the Congo. For more information go to: www.enoughproject.org/conflict-minerals
Hold a documentary screening of LUMO or The Greatest Silence : Rape in the Congo in your home, venue or a private cinema. To purchase a copy of the LUMO DVD go to: www.gomafilmproject.org. To purchase a copy of The Greatest Silence : Rape in the Congo go to: www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c709.shtml
Take part in this years Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon with the TG Foundation this October and help raise money for victims of rape being treated in hospitals in Congo. For more information email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 

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