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Silhouette of two pregnant victims of sexual abuse. One is carry baby on her back.

In order to protect the identity of the women, victims's faces are either under-exposed, blurred or not seen at all.On left: a young adolescent child who is now parenting her own child. On right: victim of two gang rapes carrying one of her triplet children. Image: Marie Frechon/UN Photo

 

Women of all ages are sexually abused, from infants to seniors in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

(WNN) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: International Women’s Day. Monuc visists a women’s shelter for victims of sexual abuse in Goma. A delegation of MONUC female staff visited a women’s shelter in Goma and donated much needed supplies, such as blankets, sheets, cookingware and toileterie care packages. In solidarity for their sisters, this shelter is run by Congolese women for other Congolese women. They provide their sisters with a helping hand and a safe place to stay (for those who survive and/or manage to escape the wrath of their abusers). The strength and courage of these women was palpable and incredibly remarkable. The extent of violence that they have suffered would leave anyone broken. One woman has not uttered a word since being raped three years ago. Many of these women have given birth to many children only out of these violent acts. One  women gave birth to triplets after having been gang-raped twice.  A rare ambiance of celebration was in the air because of MONUC’s visit, which was humbling. Any helping gesture, big or small, is much appreciated, as these women’s needs are great.

 

07 March 2009
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Image: Marie Frechon/UN Photo

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