They should have killed me: Stories from the ‘Rape Capital of the World’

At least 48 women are raped every hour in the DRC, especially in the eastern province of South Kivu, which is still beset by persistent flare-ups of conflict. Of these, 13 per cent are under 14 years of age. GRAPHIC | NATION

What you need to know:

  • While men are killed and boys conscripted into militias, violence against women seems to have become some sort of a deadly weapon, and rape ranks high in the list of these violations.
  • Most of the women seeking treatment at MSF are, not surprisingly, from DR Congo, which has particularly gained notoriety for the mass rape of women and girls, earning itself the title Rape Capital of the World. But there are also a significant number from Burundi and Rwanda.
  • At least 48 women are raped every hour in the DRC, especially in the eastern province of South Kivu, which is still beset by persistent flare-ups of conflict. Of these, 13 per cent are under 14 years of age, three per cent die as a result of rape, and 10 to 12 per cent contract HIV/Aids.

Wars in Africa have become almost synonymous with rape. While men are killed and boys conscripted into militias, violence against women seems to have become some sort of a deadly weapon, and rape ranks high in the list of these violations.

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