Government forces cited in DRC rape spell

rapeFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – MEMBERS of the armed forces, police and militia,are among the worst violators in the surge of rape and domestic violence at safety sites in the  Democratic Republic of Congo.
They are to blame for 15 percent of the 4 763 cases reported in the first half of the year.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) said the perpetrators were almost entirely men of all social categories and have very varied ties with the survivors.
Some 55 percent of the cases have been reported in North Kivu.
Rape has been the most common type of incident in service delivery points,with 56 percent of cases.
In all provinces, women and girls make up the majority of reported cases accounting for more than 96 percent of the total.
Adults aged 18 to 60 were particularly affected by acts of violence with 48 percent of cases.
According to statistics, people under the age of 18 also represent a significant proportion of 37 percent.
Civilians, including those close to survivors, continue to constitute the largest group of alleged perpetrators.
“However, armed men, including members of the armed forces, police and militia, are reported as alleged perpetrators,” a UNPF spokesperson said.
One of Africa’s most populated country, with over 82 million, DRC is plagued by militant groups opposed to the contested leadership of President Joseph Kabila.
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