Army, rebels fingered in DRC rape spree

DRC rape spreeFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – ARMED rebel groups and state forces are accused of perpetrating a sexual violence spree during ethnic clashes in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office, 29 cases of sexual violence had been recorded since the beginning of the year.
Of these, 26 are attributed to the radical Front for Patriotic Resistance in Ituri, which has wreaked havoc since 2002.
The sexual violence has exacerbated from 2016 when a total of 62 cases were counted, of which 43 were attributed to the FRPI.
Three of the violations were blamed on the Mai Mai Simba rebel group and 16 to state agents.
The conflict in the Ituri province is between the agriculturalist Lendu and pastoralist Hema ethnic groups.
As many as 60 000 people have been killed since the conflict in 1998 while hundreds of thousands of people have been forced from their homes.
Despite agreeing to a ceasefire in 2006, a splinter group of FRPI militants has been launching sporadic attacks on government forces and the civilian population.
Recently, the UN stabilisation mission in DRC held a workshop around sexual violence.
Laurent Sam Oussou, the mission spokesperson, said the state had an obligation to protect and prevent sexual violence in conflict and discrimination based on gender.
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