Sexual violence in conflict: A problematic international discourse

Sexual violence in conflict: A problematic international discourse Eve Ayiera, Urgent Action Fund, Nairobi Between 30th July and 2nd August 2010, reports from the United Nations (UN) and International non-government organisations (INGOs) exposed a mass rape campaign carried out in Walikale, North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in which more than 157 women and men were victimised. Three rebel groups, and possibly with support from the Government’s 212th Brigade stationed in the area, are believed to be behind the orchestrated orgy of violence in Walikale, where they moved through a dozen villages in a rape and pillage campaign.1 The UN immediately issued a statement strongly condemning the violence and urged the Congolese government to pursue the perpetrators and bring them to book (UN NewsCentre, August 2010).

Author: Eve Ayiera

Institutional Sponsor: Urgent Action Fund, Nairobi

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