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#Mass Rape

# mass-rape - Saturday 25 June, 2016

From TheJournal.ie 74 militia members arrested over mass rapes in DR Congo Volatile

74 militia members arrested over mass rapes in DR Congo

The country’s justice minister said the group’s leader told them they had to rape very young girls to be assured of supernatural protection.

# mass-rape - Thursday 9 June, 2011

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Thursday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Gaddafi ordered campaign of mass rape, ICC claims; horrific allegations of abuse emerge at Rostrevor – and the most breathtaking picture from space you’ll see all day.

# mass-rape - Tuesday 22 February, 2011

From TheJournal.ie Congo army colonel sentenced to 20 years for ordering New Year’s Day mass rape Congo

Congo army colonel sentenced to 20 years for ordering New Year’s Day mass rape

A lieutenant colonel and his subordinates escaped the death penalty but received prison sentences in a landmark case.

# mass-rape - Friday 28 January, 2011

From TheJournal.ie 53 men, women, children raped in DRC in three days, says MSF Mass Rape

53 men, women, children raped in DRC in three days, says MSF

Humanitarian aid agency says the already-volatile situation in eastern DRC has deteriorated further, as new reports of mass rape emerge.

# mass-rape - Thursday 26 August, 2010

THE UN SAYS ITS TROOPS could not have prevented the alleged mass rape of around 200 women and boys in the Democratic Republic of Congo because they didn’t know it was happening.

The women and children were assaulted during a four-day siege on Luvungi town by rebels. Peacekeepers passed through the area twice, but were told that roadblocks were being set up, and did not interfere.

Fighters from a Rwandan rebel group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (DFLR) and local Mai-Mai militia groups occupied Luvungi, just outside the country’s capital Kigali, on July 3o.

A UN base is located just miles from the town.

The rebel forces withdrew on 4 August, and reports of the rapes began to surface via aid groups.

First reports

The first reports were issued by International Medical Corps, which said it deployed an emergency response team to the area as soon as the security situation permitted it. The health risks facing the victims are clear from their statement:

Although post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) kits for preventing HIV were immediately available at the International Medical Corps clinic, only two survivors had arrived at the health center within 72 hours of sexual assault, the timeframe during which PEP for HIV may be administered.

For survivors who sought services within 120 hours of sexual assault, emergency contraception (EC) was provided. Survivors were also provided presumptive treatment for sexually transmitted infections, as well as wound care.

[caption id="attachment_15484" align="alignnone" width="512" caption="In this undated image supplied by Doctors Without Borders or Medicins Sans Frontieres, a rape victim is photographed at a clinic in Western Kasai, Congo."][/caption]

Rape as a weapon

Sexual violence and rape are known to be used as weapons in the militia conflict because of the devastating effects of sexual assault on families and communities. The east of the country continues to suffer militia violence despite the end of the country’s five-year war in 2003, the BBC reports.

One Congolese mother spoke in May of the terrible choice offered to her and other women by rebels:

The rebel leader asked me two things: “Do you want us to be your husbands? Or do you want us to rape you?” I chose to be raped.

I told old myself, if I tell them that I want to be their wife, they will kill my husband. I didn’t want my children growing up saying the one that made our father die is our mother.

After they raped me, my husband hated me. He said I was dirty. I often ask myself: “Surely, I gave up my dignity for him, how come he can abandon me this way?”

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon said he was appalled and outraged by the attacks:

Women and children should not have to live in fear of rape. Communities should not suffer the indignity of knowing that human rights abusers and war criminals can continue to behave with impunity.

Yesterday, a statement from Ban said he had instructed the UN special representative for sexual violence in conflict, former EU Commissioner Margot Wallstrom, to take charge of the UN’s response to the mass rapes in Luvungi.