BBC: Sexual Violence used as Weapon in DRC

Source: REUTERS/Frederic Sierakowski


It’s claimed rape has being used as a weapon of war, on a shocking scale in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The country held its first free and fair elections last year. But despite this, there’s still no peace in the far east of the vast country.

Several armed groups operate there and, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, they use rape as a weapon of war on a shocking scale. The UN says that more than 4000 rapes have been documented in South Kivu province so far in 2007. BBC’s Sarah Grainger reports from Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu…


BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Sexual Violence in Eastern DRC