Nyiragongo: more than 1,500 women victims of sexual violence in displaced sites in July (MSF)

Nyiragongo: more than 1,500 women victims of sexual violence in displaced sites in July (MSF)

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In its report made public on Thursday September 14, the international NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF) speaks of at least 1,500 women raped during the month of last July alone in six sites where its teams operate.

This humanitarian NGO says it is concerned by the increasingly high number of cases of sexual violence in displaced people’s sites in the territory of Nyiragongo and in the west of the city of Goma.

MSF calls for everyone to mobilize against this scourge.

Every day, at least 70 women victims of sexual assault present themselves in the mobile structures set up by MSF in the sites of Lushagala, Bulengo, Elohim, Shabindu, Rusayo and Kanyaruchinya, this report indicates.

MSF head of mission in Goma, Rasmane Kabore, speaks of an unacceptable situation.

He calls for mobilization for the protection, especially of displaced women:

“Sexual violence becomes complicated, with much more aggressiveness. And when we interview the women, they are due outside the camps when they go into the bush to look for wood, either for cooking or to resell, because the supply of food is not sufficient. And also because there is no protection in these camps.”

According to him, other humanitarian organizations as well as the Government should double their efforts to sustainably improve the conditions of these people, who live in unacceptable situations.

For several months, displaced people around Goma have received less and less assistance in terms of food and non-food products.

As a result, they are forced to look for a means of survival in very risky conditions. The consequence of this situation is the exacerbation of their vulnerability.

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Humanitarian sources at the Kanyarucinya site indicate that preparation for the distribution of 180 tonnes of food and non-food products, already transported to Goma, as part of the second European Union airlift, is still underway. .

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