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Denis Mukwege Wins Sakharov Prize 2014

European Parliament - October 21, 2014

Denis MukwegeDenis Mukwege is the laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2014. The 59-year-old gynaecologist founded the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu in 1998, when a war took place in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where today he still treats victims of sexual violence who have sustained serious injuries.
Gunmen attack anti-rape doctor Denis Mukwege

BBC News - October 26, 2012

Doctor Denis MukwegeUnknown gunmen have tried to kill a Congolese doctor widely praised for his work helping rape victims, he has told the BBC. When asked whether he had been targeted because of his work, Denis Mukwege noted that the attackers had not asked for any money.
Two Days of Mourning Declared after 235 Die from Oil Tanker Explosion

Congo News Agency - July 4, 2010

Uvira - South KivuPresident Jospeh Kabila has declared two days of mourning following the death of 235 people in an oil tanker truck explosion in eastern Congo. In a speech to the nation on Sunday, president Kabila said that the Congolese flag will fly at half-mast on Monday and Tuesday to honor the memory of those who lost their lives on Friday night in the town of Sange, near Uvira.
US Lawmakers Consider Proposals to Curb Rape as Weapon of War

VOA News - April 1, 2008

Dick DurbinA U.S. Senate hearing focused on the use of rape as a weapon in armed conflicts, and what the United States can do to try to crackdown on the practice.
R. Mountain: Progress has been very disappointing bringing sexual violence perpetrators to justice

MONUC - November 6, 2007

Ross MountainWith the continuous tense situation in East of the country triggering more sexual violence against women, we talked to MONUC Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Ross Mountain, about this issue and the efforts that the international community and the DRC government are doing to solve the problem.
Hell on earth - systematic rape in Eastern Congo

The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (JHA) - August 10, 2007

Often the women are kidnapped while working in the fields or on the way to fetch water, food or firewood. Often kidnappings occur during raids of villages by armed attackers, who often come in groups of two to five.The victims are taken from the villages into the forest where they are held captive and are gang raped for days or months.


V-DAY, UNICEF call for end to rape, sexual torture against girls in eastern DRC

UNICEF - August 7, 2007

V-DAY, UNICEFHighlighting the issue of violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), renowned playwright Eve Ensler has chronicled her first-hand encounters with women in eastern DRC, where sexual violence has become a routine weapon of war. Her account appears in Glamour magazine today.
South Kivu: 4,500 sexual violence cases in the first six months of this year alone

MONUC - July 27, 2007

Yakin ErtürkAccording to Prof. Yakin Erturk, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Violence against Women "the situation in the Kivus is the worst crisis I have encountered so far." Professor Erturk denounced this situation during the conference in Kinshasa on 27 July 2007.



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