DRC soldiers identified as possible culprits behind mass rapes

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Margot Wallström

A group of soldiers from the national army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or DRC have been identified as possible culprits behind a rape and looting spree that took place on New Year’s Day in the eastern town of Fizi in South Kivu province. In recent years, the eastern part of the DRC has been the focus of a number of ongoing conflicts. Law and order in many areas is breaking down and rape is now commonplace.The soldiers have not been arrested, but their movements have been restricted. It’s still not clear exactly what is going to happen to them. But the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallström is calling on swift action against the perpetrators in this case. Jocelyne Sambira filed this report.

Haiti girl’s dream to become senator

Displaced Haitians

The devastating earthquake which shook Haiti in January last year leaving one and a half million people homeless, may have wrecked many people’s lives, but not, it seems, in some cases their dreams. Shasha Liza, a 14-year-old girl living in one of the crowded camps for those made homeless in the capital Port-au-Prince, still holds on to her dream of continuing her education. She believes it will lift her family out of poverty and eventually help her become a senator capable of making positive changes in her country. Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Birth amid death

Mother and newborn in Gaza

The birth of a child is a moment of excitement as well as anxiety. But in conflict-ridden Gaza, it is even more stressful. A courageous midwife is improving the odds for many mothers and babies. UNTV Francis Mead has this report.

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