The problem of using rape as a weapon in the democratic republic of congo

Many of the perpetrators occupy high-ranking positions in the government and armed forces. This conflict has been the deadliest since World War II. Sincesome 17, UN troops and personnel have cobbled together a fragile peace. This is about using it as a weapon of war," she explains.

The film illustrates how survivors work to rebuild their lives, organise to resist aggressors and denounce their crimes. Many women and girls report extreme povertybeing unable to continue with school and an inability to earn a living and pay fees.

The rest were raped at night. Many of the perpetrators occupy high-ranking positions in the government and armed forces. Mukwege in Eastern Congo says he's doing about five surgeries a day. This is about showing terror.

But after decades of dictatorship and corruption, the country is broken. It was already overcrowded, but more people kept arriving. She was raped just two days before the team arrived by soldiers who raided her village.

On August 4, invaded Bas-Congo with the objective being to overthrow Laurent Kabila with Rwandan-backed rebel group: It was already overcrowded, but more people kept arriving.

Over 5 million people have died in the last decade as victims in the Congo civil war, yet it still remains one of the most under-broadcasted tragedies of today. Many of the victims are being treated at a free hospital run by Denis Mukwege, a leading Congolese gynaecologist and rights activist who has been working in the region for the past 18 years.

This has led to the reduction of the amount and quality of land available for local food crop production. Current Developments The Congolese government show little will and capability to deal with the bulk of rape cases that constantly keep presenting themselves.

The influx of armed groups from Burundi and Rwanda into the DRC has impacted the frequency of sexual violence in the region. This is an incomplete count, as the humanitarian and international organizations compiling the figures do not have access to much of the conflict area; only women who have reported for treatment are included.

Most of the fighting and the raping takes place in remote areas difficult to get to. In the last ten years in Congo, hundreds of thousands of women have been raped, most of them gang raped.

In effect, this causes women to be socially impaired in comparison to men, who usually have received at least some type of minimal education and have control over money dealings, ownerships and political negotiations.

This type of violence has little to do with sex and much more with power through a sort of terrorism Denis Mukwege In a region critically lacking basic healthcare, Mukwege, an expert in reconstructive surgeries for rape victims, has saved the lives of more than 40, women — the majority of them victims of brutal gang rapes by soldiers and militias that started during the second Congo war inand have continued to the present day.

In working to build national alliances and reduce local resistance, the occupying armies exploited and aggravated existing divisions between populations.

Gang Rape Used as Weapon of War in Democratic Republic of the Congo

In this war against women, his hospital is the frontline. Recent reports from local health centres in South Kivu claim that an estimated 40 women continue to experience sexual violence every day.

Human trafficking in the Democratic Republic of the Congo The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a source and destination for trafficking for forced labor and forced prostitutionmuch of which is internal and perpetrated by armed groups in the eastern region of the DRC.

Congo's government seems unable or unwilling to stop them. Sexual violence is often a hidden dimension of war. Panzi Hospital in Eastern Congo- The oldest rape victim being 75 years old and the youngest 3 years old Dr.

In this hospital, the sexually assaulted victims are two or three times as numerous as civilians treated for gunshot wounds, and four or five times as numerous as wounded soldiers. All the women, the doctor says, have been patients of his.

This however, is an implausible request which would demand a few decades of reconstruction. This military campaign of ousting Mobotu was supported by both Rwandan and Ugandan governments and following failed peace talks, Mobotu fled the Congo in May How is it different here?

Sexual violence is also perpetrated by minors, particularly among those involved with combatant forces.Rape as a Weapon of War: Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo The inferior status of the Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was embedded in the indigenous social system, reinforced in the colonial era and still prospers on today.

It is, in fact, a war against women, and the weapon used to destroy them, their families and whole communities, is rape. Dr. Denis Mukwege is the director of Panzi Hospital in eastern Congo. In this war against women, his hospital is the frontline.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been appropriately acknowledged as "the rape capital of the world." While the country has been trapped in conflict, the use of rape as a weapon of war has been rampant and unyielding. It is, in fact, a war against women, and the weapon used to destroy them, their families and whole communities, is rape.

Dr. Denis Mukwege is the director of Panzi Hospital in eastern Congo. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the east of the country in particular, has been described as the "Rape Capital of the World," and the prevalence and intensity of all forms of sexual violence has been described as the worst in the world.

Pratt, M., & Werchick, L. (). Sexual terrorism: rape as a weapon of war in eastern democratic republic of congo.

Rape in DR Congo: A 'weapon of war'

USAID/DCHA Assessment Report, -Perceived as a particularly effective weapon of war and used to subdue, punish, or take revenge upon entire communities, acts of sexual and gender-based violence increased concomitantly .

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