Progress reported in tackling rape in DR Congo

Women sit together outside a dormitory at the Heal Africa Transit Center for victims of sexual violence. Photo: Aubrey Graham/IRIN

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is making progress in addressing the problem of rape.

That's according to, Jeanine Mabunda, the DRC President Joseph Kabila's Personal Representative to fight sexual violence and the recruitment of children into armed groups in the country.

The conflict-torn eastern part of the country was once described as the "rape capital" of the world with more than 1,100 women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 raped every day during a 12-month period in 2006 and 2007.

Cristina Silveiro caught up Ms Mabunda who has been briefing at UN headquarters on the situation in the country.

Duration: 3'32"

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