GENEVA / DRC SEXUAL VIOLENCE

30-Jul-2013 00:02:04
The UN refugee agency warned that recurrent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu province is uprooting more civilians and exposing an increasing number of women, girls and men to rape. CH UNTV
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STORY: GENEVA / DRC SEXUAL VIOLENCE
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 30 JULY 2013, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE
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30 JULY 2013, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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3.SOUNDBITE (English) Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, Spokesperson for the UNHCR:
"Statistics gathered by UNHCR in North Kivu point to an alarming rise this year in the number of incidents of acts of violence against women and girls in the province, particularly rape. Our protection monitoring teams have registered 705 cases of sexual violence in the region since January; this includes 619 cases of rape. During the same period in 2012, if we want to compare, our staff had registered only 108 cases. This year, the survivors include 288 minors and 43 men."
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5.SOUNDBITE (English) Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, Spokesperson for the UNHCR:
"Most cases of sexual violence are committed by armed men. Out of 705 cases of sexual violence reported to our staff since the beginning of the year, 434 were perpetrated by armed elements."
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7.SOUNDBITE (English) Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, Spokesperson for the UNHCR:
"The fighting around Goma has forced between 6 and 7,000 people to flee their homes since July 14. The majority are women and children as well as young boys fleeing forced recruitment. The newly displaced are staying in schools and churches in the northern part of Goma."
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9.SOUNDBITE (English) Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, Spokesperson for the UNHCR:
"We are alarmed by reports of human rights violations in the Kamango area, including the murder of at lest 15 civilians, abductions, forced labour, beatings and illegal taxation."
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STORYLINE
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, warned today (30 July) that recurrent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu province is uprooting more civilians and exposing an increasing number of women, girls and men to rape.

Statistics gathered by UNHCR in North Kivu point to an alarming rise this year in acts of violence against women and girls in the province, particularly rape. "Our protection monitoring teams have registered 705 cases of sexual violence in the region since January, including 619 cases of rape," UNHCR spokesperson Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba told journalists at a briefing in Geneva.

"During the same period in 2012, our staff had registered 108 cases. The survivors of SGBV (sexual and gender-based violence) included 288 minors and 43 men," Lejeune-Kaba said.
Most cases of sexual violence are committed by armed men.

Out of the 705 cases of sexual violence reported to UNHCR staff since the beginning of the year, 434 were perpetrated by armed elements. Official UN figures give further evidence of the growing threat that women and girls face. They show that recorded cases of sexual violence in North Kivu soared from 4,689 cases in 2011 to 7,075 in 2012. Many more cases remain unreported.

UNHCR has been working closely with other humanitarian organizations and the authorities to strengthen the monitoring of sexual violence and the response. The agency has, for example, helped run courses for 96 police officers deployed in the camps and sites in Goma on how to prevent sexual violence and handle rape cases.

The refugee agency is also helping to create community centres and train focal points among the displaced population to enable them to identify sexual violence cases and refer the victims for health care and psycho-social support. UNHCR is also promoting the use of alternative fuel to firewood in a bid to reduce the exposure of women to sexual violence when they go out to look for wood.

The current phase of this project will benefit 2,000 households in camps near Goma.

Meanwhile, the fighting around Goma has forced 6,000-7,000 people to flee their homes since July 14. The majority are women and children as well as young boys fleeing forced recruitment. The newly displaced are staying in schools and churches in the northern part of Goma, some 10 kilometres from the frontline.

In North Kivu's Kamango area, the fighting this month has displaced an estimated 14,000 civilians, who have sought shelter in the bush and in villages around Kamango, bringing to 40,000 the number of people internally displaced in the area.

A total of 967,000 people are displaced throughout North Kivu as a result of years of conflict.
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