NY Times: New Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims

New Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims
NY Times By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
Published: August 4, 2009

“According to Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, United Nations officials and several Congolese aid organizations, the number of men who have been raped has risen sharply in recent months, a consequence of joint Congo-Rwanda military operations against rebels that have uncapped an appalling level of violence against civilians.”

“…aid organizations say that the military maneuvers have provoked horrific revenge attacks, with more than 500,000 people driven from their homes, dozens of villages burned and hundreds of villagers massacred, including toddlers thrown into open fires.”

“…Castrations also seem to be increasing, with more butchered men showing up at major hospitals.”

“One mother said a United Nations peacekeeper raped her 12-year-old boy. A United Nations spokesman said that he had not heard that specific case but that there were indeed a number of new sexual abuse allegations against peacekeepers in Congo and that a team was sent in late July to investigate.”

“‘I understand the world feels guilty about what happened in Rwanda in 1994,’ said Denis Mukwege, the lead doctor at Panzi Hospital, referring to Rwanda’s genocide. ‘But shouldn’t the world feel guilty about what’s happening in Congo today?'”

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3 responses to “NY Times: New Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims

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