A population-based assessment completed recently by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that nearly 40% of women and 23% of men in three Eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had been subjected to gender based violence
It is no secret that in this new era of intra-state conflict, rape has increasingly become used as weapon of war. Sadly, the women of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) know this all too well.
Video and pictures from our event on October 22, 2010. The Mantle and Project Africa screened the film, The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, followed by a discussion with Maurice Carney, Co-founder and Executive Director, Friends of the Congo, and Mamadou Otto Diallo, epidemiologist and Senior Project Manager of the Monitoring & Evaluation Unit at the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP), Columbia University.
I am going to start this post by making this bold statement: I believe we are currently standing on the verge of an exciting moment in history in the realm of peace and conflict.
For the past ten months I have dedicated countless hours of my time researching the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that has been shaking up the country (especially its women) for over a decade now.