DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO / WAR ON WOMEN

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The eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo is known as the “rape capital of the world” where hundred of thousands of women have been raped and tortured by various militias active in the region including Congolese Army troopers.  IRIN

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STORY: DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO / WAR ON WOMEN
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DATELINE: FILE /EASTERN PROVINCES OF THE DRC

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FILE, NORTH KIVU, DRC

1. Various shots, North Kivu landscape
2. Pan right, IDP camp

OCTOBER 2012, MINOVA, DRC

3. Close up, Masika with baby
4. SOUNDBITE (Local language) Mama Masika runs an orphanage for children born from rape:
“They started raping me. There were 10 of them, I know because I was counting them.
I could hear my children crying: “Mama they are beating us.” It was awful. Then I thought, these people have killed my husband. I’d better cooperate. After that, I lost consciousness and I woke up in the hospital.

FILE, NORTH KIVU, DRC

5. Wide shot, woman and children washing cloths in river

SEPTEMBER 2012, KANYARUCINA, DRC

6. SOUNDBITE (Local Language), Perpetrator #1
“If I had a sexual urge, then I would rape until I was satisfied. Afterwards I would feel calm, but if I still needed sex, I would find another girl and rape her.”

FILE, NORTH KIVU, DRC

7. Zoom out, 2 soldier passing among female workers
8. Close up, women working

MAY 2012, MINOVA, DRC

9. SOUNDBITE (Local Language), Survivor #1
“Two soldiers entered the room where I was sleeping and raped me. When my brother shouted at them, he was shot with bullets until he died. They killed him like that, and then they dirtied me like that.”

FILE, NORTH KIVU, DRC

10. Med shot, women on street carrying stuff

SEPTEMBER 2012, KANYARUCINA, DRC

11. SOUNDBITE (Local Language), Perpetrator #2
“I’ve raped a lot of women. I’ve raped over 50, sticking a gun knife between their legs, and whipping them with wires.”

FILE, NORTH KIVU, DRC

12. Various shots, women in the rain

SEPTEMBER 2012, KANYARUCINA, DRC

13. SOUNDBITE (Local Language), Perpetrator #1
“It was our commandant who gave us orders to bring him a girl. If I saw a beautiful girl I was sexually attracted to, I raped her before bringing her back to the commandant.”

SEPTEMBER 2012, RWINDI, DRC

14. Various shots, soldiers dancing

MAY 2013, GOMA, DRC

15. SOUNDBITE (English), Ida Sawyer, Human Rights Watch – DRC
“In the past few years we’ve seen an increase in the number of prosecutions for rape cases but the vast majority of these prosecutions are for lower level soldiers or civilians but very rarely have we seen senior army officers or senior level rebel commanders prosecuted for rape.”

OCTOBER 2012, MINOVA, DRC

16. Various shots of children



STORYLINE:

The eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo is known as the “rape capital of the world” where hundred of thousands of women have been raped and tortured by various militias active in the region including Congolese Army troopers.

There have been two major wars and several rebellions since the mid-1990s in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The fighting and damage to basic services has claimed millions of lives.

The conflict has also generated extreme levels of sexual violence. Most of it goes unpunished.

Mama Masika, herself a victim of rape, has opened an orphanage sheltering children born from rape.

SOUNDBITE (Local language) Mama Masika runs an orphanage for children born from rape:
“They started raping me. There were 10 of them, I know because I was counting them.I could hear my children crying: “Mama they are beating us.” It was awful. Then I thought, these people have killed my husband. I’d better cooperate. After that, I lost consciousness and I woke up in the hospital.

The culture of rape is widely spread among men fighting in all armed groups.

SOUNDBITE (Local Language), Perpetrator #1
“If I had a sexual urge, then I would rape until I was satisfied. Afterwards I would feel calm, but if I still needed sex, I would find another girl and rape her.”

According to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA), at the end of 2013, 2.9 million people were displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

SOUNDBITE (Local Language), Survivor #1
“Two soldiers entered the room where I was sleeping and raped me. When my brother shouted at them, he was shot with bullets until he died. They killed him like that, and then they dirtied me like that.”

Many perpetrators of rape live alongside survivors of rape in displacement camps.

SOUNDBITE (Local Language), Perpetrator #2
“I’ve raped a lot of women. I’ve raped over 50, sticking a gun knife between their legs, and whipping them with wires.”

Impunity helps drive the horrific levels of sexual violence.

SOUNDBITE (Local Language), Perpetrator #1
“It was our commandant who gave us orders to bring him a girl. If I saw a beautiful girl I was sexually attracted to, I raped her before bringing her back to the commandant.”

So far, only three perpetrators have been convicted for rape. All of them of the low rank or ordinary soldiers.

SOUNDBITE (English), Ida Sawyer, Human Rights Watch – DRC
“In the past few years we’ve seen an increase in the number of prosecutions for rape cases but the vast majority of these prosecutions are for lower level soldiers or civilians but very rarely have we seen senior army officers or senior level rebel commanders prosecuted for rape.”

The only way to put an end to war on women is to end impunity for rape, and hold high ranking officers accountable for behavior of soldiers under their command. Until then the eastern DRC remains the worst place in the world to be a woman.
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