Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims
August 11, 2009
Rape has long been a weapon of war in the extremely complicated conflict that has raged for years in Congo. Now, however, the fighting has entered a new phase as joint Congo-Rwanda forces battle rebels in renewed fighting that has driven a half-million villagers from their homes. And increasingly, aid groups say, rape is a tactic fighters are using against men.
"I'm laughed at," one victim said. "The people in my village say: 'You're no longer a man. Those men in the bush made you their wife.'"
So deep is the shame brought on by these attacks, which increasingly involve sexual mutilation, that victims sometimes die of their injuries rather than present at medical facilities.
Eastern Congo is considered the rape capital of the world by the UN, with hundreds of thousands of women having been sexually attacked during the long years of war.
New York Times
08.05.2009; Jeffrey Gettleman
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