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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-02-04 12:49 PM
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1. Congo Women Still Victims of Attack Despite Peace Deal, says Humanitarian

Two women, one holding her son, both rape victims, wait to be treated in one of the wards of the Bukavu's Panzi Hospital, in the South Kivu capitol Bukavu. Many women and young girls, victim of sexual violences, have had to wait the recent break in fightings in south Kivu to come for treatment in Bakavu. Photo Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

By Raymond Thibodeaux

VOA News
Apr 01, 2004

NAIROBI - A leading humanitarian organization says Congolese soldiers and former rebel forces continue to attack women in many parts of the country, where order has not been restored. The group, Doctors Without Borders, says in a report issued in Nairobi the attacks continue in spite of a peace deal signed last year between the Kinshasa government and several rebel groups to end one of Africa's deadliest conflicts.
Doctors Without Borders says aid workers in Baraka, a city in northeastern Congo, have treated more than 600 victims of rape and sexual abuse since August of last year. Among the victims were a four-year-old girl and a 70-year-old woman.

And that's just in one province. Congo has 10.

"There has been a stop to fighting in many places but we're still seeing insecurity and we're still seeing massive humanitarian problems in terms of nutrition, displacement and the like. One example being sexual violence which is continuing now despite the end of the war," said Doctors Without Borders spokesman, Damian Lilly.

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