Child Alert - Democratic Republic of Congo - Martin Bell Reports on Children Caught in War UNICEF

UNICEF photo: A sex worker is the sole support for her siblings and children, Goma.

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A sex worker is the sole support for her siblings and children, Goma.

Impact of sexual assaults
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UNICEF correspondent David McKenzie interviews two Congolese girls who were raped.

The number of victims of rape or other forms of sexual violence in DRC could easily be in the hundreds of thousands. Sexual violence is consciously deployed as a weapon of war by one group against another, to humiliate, intimidate and tear apart families and entire communities. Victims are often submitted to public rape in order to bring shame to their families. Brutality, prolonged abuse and mutilation, among other particularly violent acts, are not uncommon in the largely ungoverned eastern part of the country.