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MaximsNewsNetwork: DR CONGO: RAPE & SEXUAL VIOLENCE (UNHCR,MONUC)

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  • Added: 2010-04-26 06:30:57
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MaximsNewsNetwork: 23 April 2010 - UNHCR - MONUC: Democratic Republic of the Congo - TheUnited Nations (UN) refugee agency (UNHCR) today expressed concern about the lack of justice for the thousands…
MaximsNewsNetwork: 23 April 2010 - UNHCR - MONUC: Democratic Republic of the Congo - TheUnited Nations (UN) refugee agency (UNHCR) today expressed concern about the lack of justice for the thousands of women who are raped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) every year, and prevailing impunity for rapists. New UN figures show 1244 women had been raped in DRC during the first three months of this year, and the numbers could be much higher because of under-reporting. More than a third of the recorded cases are in the provinces of North and South Kivu in eastern DRC. The region hosts some 1.4 million internally displaced persons, including 100000 in camps run by UNHCR. In many cases women are raped when they venture out of their villages or camps to collect firewood, water and other basic necessities. UNHCR is taking steps to keep women safe, such as providing fuel-efficient stoves and firewood to women in North Kivu. Since 2008, the UN refugee agency has provided fuel-efficient stoves and firewood to some 4200 families. Thanks to UNHCR legal assistance, 145 survivors in South Kivu were able to file complaints in local courts. Most of the cases are still before the courts, but 24 people have been found guilty and sentenced to jail terms of between two and 10 years, and some have also been ordered to pay compensation. In DRC at least 200000 cases of sexual violence have been recorded since 1996. Back in March 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited a hospital <b>...</b>
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