Rape has been a major physical and emotional weapon that armed forces and rebels of all brands, especially the Lord’s Resistance Army (LR) terrorist group, have used for year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For almost 2 years aid groups and international watch dog agencies. Despite the attention, women continue to be wrested from their families and lead away for continual rape. For some the ordeal lasts months.
Reports from varied agencies attest to more than 150 women were raped during a two-day attack on South Kivu province this month.
Some politicians such as, member of the provincial parliament Jean Marie Ngoma, place the blamed for the attacks on former Pareco rebels who were recently integrated into the DRC armed forces. Almost all of them recently deserted.
A United Nations observer has dubbed the DRC “the rape capital of the world.” U.N. officials contend that the terrible humanitarian situation is completely out of control because soldiers, rebel fighters, and civilians can rape women and children without fear of arrest.
In a statement issued last week, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallström, said the atrocities demonstrated “a continuing pattern of ill-discipline on the part of those who bear arms, manifest in acts of pillage committed in conjunction with rape and other human rights abuses.”
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