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Democratic Republic of Congo: Women Risk HIV in Forced Marriages

June 30, 2010

The challenge of containing the HIV epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo is complicated by cultural mores that often consider rape inevitable in this poor and war-torn country.

"This is a terrible problem in the Congo," said Derick Manegabe, technical director for Fondation Femme Plus (FFP), a national organization for HIV- and AIDS-affected girls and women. "Women are raped by their husbands, and many people don't believe that's a crime. They're raped by armed groups and are afraid to tell because they will be stigmatized," said Manegabe, whose organization provides counseling and education on a broad range of health issues.

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Comment by: Mutondo N. (Columbia, Maryland) Sat., Aug. 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm EDT
"The challenge of containing the HIV epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo is complicated by cultural mores that often consider rape inevitable in this poor and war-torn country"(US CDC, 2010). The Congolese government has been so far not capable of reducing poverty or stopping the war that humiliates women, girls, and children by raping and killing them in the Eastern part of the Country.These circumstances (poverty & war) are also ways of spreading HIV/AIDS to the Congolese population and have created a mistrust in Kabila's leadership.
Indeed, this mistrust makes progress from the knowledge of deep rooted corruption of Congolese politicians and their lack of good governance (Mahtani, 2007; Okogbule, 2006). More often than not, this has given rise in governmentâ??s
lack of credibility before the Congolese citizens.
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Comment by: pascoal (goa) Fri., Jul. 16, 2010 at 8:51 am EDT
Dear sir / mam,
I am H.I.V + age of 36 years and my weight is 92 kg , single living in house , having own house , working , wanted to get marry to a girl ( widow , spinster , divorce ) . any age who like to stay with me till the life and can share with me some time .
No bad habit , no dinking, no smoking etc.
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