Worldfocus contributor Michael J. Kavanagh is based in the DR Congo’s capital, Kinshasa. In this Q&A, he explains the controversy surrounding the United Nations peacekeeping mission, rebel integration into Congolese Army ranks and the economic viability of this resource-rich, war-torn country.
All Posts Tagged With: "sexual violence"
Worldfocus contributor Michael J. Kavanagh is based in Kinshasa, DR Congo. He gives Daljit Dhaliwal an update on the civil war that continues to cripple the country. He says the security situation is the worst he has seen in a decade -- since the start of the Second Congo War.
When Jackie Redd was 14, she was forced to join the NPFL (National Patriotic Front of Liberia), a rebel group. She was raped and forced to be the "wife" of three men for 11 years, until she escaped in 2001. Jackie is now speaking out.
Some of the biggest victims of Liberia's 14-year civil war were young women who were taken prisoner and forced to fight, or made into sex slaves. Many of them are now struggling to recover and struggling to forget.
Liberia's recovery after years of civil war has been led by women, who for years were among the biggest victims of the rampant violence in that country. Women are now on the front lines of what's become a war on sexual violence.
The United Nations has said joint efforts between Rwanda and Congo represent real hope in a war that has raged for more than a decade. But since late January, Human Rights Watch cites continued insecurity, reporting that over 180 civilians have been killed and at least 90 women and girls have been raped.
Sunday marked International Women’s Day, recognizing economic, political and social achievements of women. Amid celebrations worldwide, from Cameroon to Chile, there were also discussions of continuing gender-based violence and inequality.
Michael J. Kavanagh and Taylor Krauss reported on the crisis in eastern Congo for Worldfocus and highlight efforts to rehabilitate rape victims and their families in eastern Congo, presenting a short video about the ventures of one counseling organization.
John Prendergast of the ENOUGH project discusses the use of rape as a weapon in eastern Congo as well as prospects for the UN in the region.