Help the raped and terrorized women of the Democratic Republic of Congo!
President Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo
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It has come to our attention that in the eastern part of your country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, tens of thousands of women have been raped by armed groups. They suffer long-term and sometimes fatal injuries, including HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. They are subjected to forced impregnation and prostitution, mass rape, cannibalism, internal displacement, mutilation, financial hardships, marital rape, physical abuse, torture and murder, among other things. Their rapists are rarely brought to justice.
One ten-year-old girl said:
'My dad told me to hide. When the soldiers came in they shot my mum and my dad before my eyes. I stayed hidden but the soldiers found me and raped me... they were many. I really would like to go back to school, but the other kids insult me, calling me the enemy's woman.'
This girls village was attacked her village was attacked by an armed group in 2002. She still suffers intense pains and long periods of depression. She is not alone; others suffer humiliation, abandonment and anxiety and are left with absolutely nothing, not even their families and husbands, who, in most cases, leave them. They are shunned by their communities and treated as if they were the ones who have committed a crime.
We are writing this letter to urge you to take action on behalf of the victims of sexual violence. You can no longer sit by while these atrocities unfold, they are your people, they depend on you to protect them, and it is your duty to do so.
Please put an end to these violent attacks on the innocent girls and women of your country.
We also request that they have immediate treatment and full compensation for their injuries.