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Issue No: 175
January 30, 2005

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Congo: Help the healing beg in

Armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have raped tens of thousands of women, in systematic attacks marked by extreme brutality.

The survivors of rape have long-term and sometimes fatal injuries and illnesses. Most women who have been raped suffer nightmares and flashbacks. Abandonment by husbands and discrimination by communities, because of the stigma attached to rape, leave them displaced, destitute and isolated.

After years or warfare, the health care system in the east is in ruins. Yet despite peace agreements and an improving security situation in many areas, no coordinated effort has been made to begin the rehabilitation of hospitals and health centres. Local women's and human rights organizations have responded with compassionate and positive initiatives, but are wholly unsupported by the government.

The lack of any comprehensive national and international response means that many thousands of rape survivors are receiving no assistance at all. Many continue to die needlessly because of this indifference. The DRC government and international community must act quickly to establish decent health care programmes for survivors of rape and other human rights abuses.

Source: Amnesty International.



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