Report: 40 Women Raped Daily In DRC

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A report released by the Ministry of Gender, Family and child protection in the Democratic Republic of Congo—DRC indicates that at least 40 women are raped in the country every day.

A report released by the Ministry of Gender, Family and child protection in the Democratic Republic of Congo—DRC indicates that at least 40 women are raped in the country every day.
 
The report released by Minister Genevieve Inagosi goes on to reveal that more than one woman is raped every hour in the resource rich country. According to the minister, the DRC government conducted a survey with support of the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA.
 
Inagosi revealed that more than 29,000 cases of sexual violence were reported between 2011 to the first half of 2013.
 
The war-torn North Kivu province tops the list of the affected areas with 4,689 cases of sexual violence in 2011, a number that jumped to 7,075 in 2012. In the first half of 2013, up to 3,172 cases of sexual violence were recorded.
 
The high number of sexual violence cases in the region has been attributed to the presence of many military groups in the area. From April 2012, rebels of the M23 group have been fighting the government of President Joseph Kabila in the eastern part of the country, an area that has virtually been at war since the overthrow of President Mobutu Sese Seko in May 1997.
 
Other provinces with many cases of sexual violence include South-Kivu and Orientale Province. The two regions are home to dozens of armed groups.
 
The report covered the provinces of  Bandundu, Bas-Congo, Katanga, Orientale Province, Kinshasa, North Kivu and South Kivu.
 
The minister says these acts of violence are committed by armed groups and civilians as well adding that 59% of the cases remain unknown while the majority of the victims are under the age of 18.
 
Cases of rape were also reported in the areas which are not affected by armed conflicts.
 
The minister also revealed that the government plans to start media campaigns aimed at creating awareness among the locals and exposing the dangers that result from sexual violence.
 
Zainab Hawa Bangura, the Deputy UN Secretary General in charge of cases related to sexual violence in conflicts, revealed that perpetrators of violence against women in the DRC will not go unpunished.
 
She says the UN is ready to employ all possible means to hunt down all rapists whoever they are and wherever they are hiding. The world body has a military intervention brigade based in eastern DRC.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.