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Systematic rape in eastern Congo continues despite pleas for intervention

AFRICA: Eric Schiller has visited some of the world’s most notorious trouble spots, from Gaza to Haiti, but nothing prepared him for what he saw in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Schiller, who spent six weeks in eastern Congo as a volunteer with Christian Peacemaker Teams, says the distinguishing feature of the conflict is the systematic use of rape to control the population. At first he thought the claims must be exaggerated but he met victims everywhere he went. “It is very extensive, it is ongoing, it seems to have become a modus operandi,” Schiller said in an interview. “All groups use this to terrorize the populations they want to control. “Women are often raped in front of their families, in front of their children and husbands. When the woman is raped she is most often rejected by her husband and by her own family.” Full Story

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