Hundreds of new rape cases reported in DR Congo

Congolese woman behind the net

Congolese woman behind the net

At least 121 women were raped by soldiers from the DR Congo army in South Kivu Province in June this year, according to the UN Human rights office.

The incident is reported to have taken place between the 11 and 12 of June in Nyakiele Village which is located in a very remote area of South Kivu province.

A UN mission which visited the area a week ago says during the attack, the soldiers also looted and committed other cruel and degrading acts on the village and its inhabitants.

Rupert Colville is from the Office of the High commissioner for Human Rights.

 The UN Joint Human Rights Office staff on the mission interviewed, among others, medical personnel of the local health centre, local administrative and police authorities and alleged victims of these human rights violations, including of rape. According to their statements, the troops raped 121 women, stole 157 goats and looted other goods, including approximately 90,000US Dollars in cash and gold. Thirteen villagers were allegedly forced to transport the looted goods.

 The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the incident was deplorable adding that further investigations must be undertaken to identify the perpetrators.

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