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Violence and Malnutrition (02:06)


Over five million people have perished in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1999. Honorata Kizende describes how women are raped while people cheer and laugh. Estimates of the number of victims vary. (Credits)

History of the Conflict (02:06)

Women who resisted being raped were killed and thrown in a mass grave. After the Rwandan genocide, the conflict began in Eastern Congo. Colonel Mutebutsi and General Nkunda fought at Bukavu.

Victim of Atrocities: Honorata Kizende (03:31)

Kizende was abducted by the Hutu Militia in 2001 and held captive for 18-months After escaping, she got caught in the Mutebutsi rebellion in Bukavu and was raped again. Panzi Hospital helps victims of sexual abuse.

Victim of Atrocities: Tumani (04:39)

The commander of the Partisans of Jesus abducted the seventeen-year-old girl and raped her up to ten times a day. During childbirth, her captors performed a C-section, destroying her genitals; fistulas erupted. The majority of women who have been raped are rejected by their communities.

Hopes for Peace (03:38)

Dissident rebel groups, the army, and militias signed a ceasefire agreement at the conference of Goma. Faustin Muhonda denies responsibility for systematic rape. Ignace Murwanashyaka claims the rapes are exaggerated.

Justice for Victims? (05:05)

An earthquake strikes Bukavu and Kinshasa ministers pay respects to victims at Panzi Hospital; they stay away from the raped women. Denis Kalume Numbi believes that abusers must be prosecuted. Of the 17,000 reported rapes, only 70 men have been sentenced to prison.

Credits: Democratic Republic of Congo: Find a Word for It (00:16)

Credits: Democratic Republic of Congo: Find a Word for It

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Find a Word for It

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For the last ten years, the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been at war. The women bear the brunt of it. The precise number of victims suffering from rape and related diseases, of which traumatic fistula is one, is impossible to know. Shunned by their community, the women are often reluctant to come forward for treatment. Instead, they are forced to bear the physical and psychological scars of their ordeal alone. We travel to Bukavu and interview Dr. Denis Mukwege. He is director and founder of Panzi General Hospital and one of the few doctors to treat fistula. His hospital receives about ten victims of sexual violence each day, and 600 women undergo major surgery there each year. No wonder Dr. Mukwege believes that "sex has done as much injury as bombs."

Length: 22 minutes

Item#: BVL150217

ISBN: 978-1-64347-636-0

Copyright date: ©2008

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