Work of doctor who helped treat rape victims focus of new film

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Villagers fleeing their homes in Sake, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)'s North Kivu province, after fighting erupted between FARDC Government forces and rebel groups. UN File Photo/Sylvain Liechti (2013)

The work of a gynaecologist who treats rape victims who have been subjected to sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the focus of a film which has just been released.

‘The Man Who Mends Women’ tells the story of Dr Denis Mukwege.

In 1999, the doctor set up a clinic in eastern DRC to treat rape victims. It is estimated Dr Mukwege treated some 30,000 women, some of whom had been subjected to horrific sexual violence.

The film was shown at UN Headquarters on Wednesday night.  Joseph Msami spoke with Jeannine Mabunda Lioko, the DRC's Presidential Advisor on Sexual Violence and Child Recruitment, after the viewing.

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