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Sexual Violence In the Democratic Republic of Congo

Sexual Violence In the Democratic Republic of Congo

Year after year, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are first-hand witnesses of the scale and impact of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2020, 10,810 survivors of sexual violence received medical and/or psychological care in MSF-supported medical facilities throughout the country. Sexual violence is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical […]

DR Congo Counts Cost of Volcanic Eruption in Goma

DR Congo Counts Cost of Volcanic Eruption in Goma

Some people are returning home a night after Mount Nyiragongo erupted, sending dangerous lava flows in the direction of the nearby city of Goma. The Democratic Republic of Congo has begun counting the physical and human cost on Sunday of a volcanic eruption. Mount Nyiragongo erupted late on Saturday night, prompting the evacuation of Goma, […]

WHO Names Independent Body to Investigate Congo Sex Abuse Claims

WHO Names Independent Body to Investigate Congo Sex Abuse Claims

Sex abuse victims’ advocate will help lead commission investigating claims of sexual exploitation by aid workers in Congo Ebola outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was setting up a seven-person independent commission to investigate claims of sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers during the recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic […]

Congo To Investigate ‘Jobs-For-Sex’ Accusations During Ebola Outbreak

Congo To Investigate ‘Jobs-For-Sex’ Accusations During Ebola Outbreak

The Democratic Republic of Congo will investigate accusations of sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers that were uncovered by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and The New Humanitarian, the country’s health minister said on Friday. Five U.N. agencies and international NGOs have also launched inquiries after 51 women accused mainly foreign aid workers of demanding sex in exchange for […]

Congolese Abuse Survivors Rebuild Lives, Brick by Brick

Congolese Abuse Survivors Rebuild Lives, Brick by Brick

Congolese teenager Aline was left destitute aged only 15 after she was raped, left pregnant and then accused of bringing dishonour to her family and made to leave her home. But just two years later, her life is back on track, thanks to a groundbreaking scheme to teach building skills to survivors of sexual violence […]

Congo Vows Zero Tolerance Over Child Soldiers After U.S. Anti-Trafficking Nod

Congo Vows Zero Tolerance Over Child Soldiers After U.S. Anti-Trafficking Nod

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must do more to end the use of child soldiers by the military and armed groups, its human rights minister said after the U.S. government commended the country’s progress on fighting human trafficking. The central African nation was upgraded last week in the U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons […]

Women Face The Hit As Congo Faces Triple Threat Of Coronavirus, Ebola And Measles

Women Face The Hit As Congo Faces Triple Threat Of Coronavirus, Ebola And Measles

As measles, coronavirus and Ebola hit the Democratic Republic of Congo, women face stigma and delayed sexual health treatment As the world races to stem the coronavirus, Democratic Republic of Congo is racing to also stop the spread of measles and a new outbreak of Ebola, leaving women delaying reproductive health needs, aid groups warned. […]

World Food Day : Global Index Finds Climate Change Driving ‘Alarming’ Hunger Levels

World Food Day : Global Index Finds Climate Change Driving ‘Alarming’ Hunger Levels

Central African Republic topped an annual world hunger index on Tuesday as aid agencies warned that climate change was making it increasingly hard to feed the world. Aid agency Concern Worldwide, which co-compiles the Global Hunger Index, said progress towards a 2030 zero hunger target agreed by world leaders was “under threat or is being […]

Gender Norms Built Into Sexual Violence Programmes In The DRC Need A Rethink

Gender Norms Built Into Sexual Violence Programmes In The DRC Need A Rethink

Sexual and gender-based violence is an enormous problem in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The international focus has been on rape by armed actors, rather than on sexual and gender-based violence more broadly. As result initiatives have concentrated on combating perpetrators’ impunity and providing medical, legal, psychosocial and economic aid to survivors. But in recent years organisations […]

Warlord Bosco Ntaganda Faces War Crimes Judgment at Hague Court

Warlord Bosco Ntaganda Faces War Crimes Judgment at Hague Court

The International Criminal Court is to hand down a verdict in the trial of a former Congolese general on Monday. Bosco Ntaganda has been charged with crimes including using child soldiers and rape. Ntaganda has been charged with 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his involvement in alleged atrocities carried out […]

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