were raped in one single wave of Violence in Congo Brazzaville
Based on the outcomes of a study undertaken in 2000, researchers concluded that approximately 50,000 to 64,000 internally displaced women may have been sexually victimised during Sierra Leone’s protracted armed conflict
19 percent of 1,575 Burundian women surveyed by the United Nations Population Fund in 2004 had been raped; 40 percent had heard about or had witnessed the rape of a minor.
Between October 2004 and February 2005, Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) treated almost 500 rape victims in Darfur, Sudan. Since that time, incidents of rape have continued, and MSF strongly believes the number of women who have been raped is much greater than the number of those who have received medical care.
A Lost Generation: Young People and Conflict in Africa
The types of sexual violence that have been reported during armed conflict and in emergency settings include rape, sexual assault, sexual slavery/bartering, sexual exploitation, forced marriage, forced prostitution, forced abortion, forced pregnancy and forced sterilization and intimate partner violence to name a few. Sexual slavery and trafficking of displaced women and girls is gaining attention, and is generally believed to be a growing problem in conflict situations. Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence in armed conflict, simply by the virtue of their gender, age and status in society. Men and boys are also targets of sexual violence in such settings and may face particular problems. However women and girls are the greater number of the victims of sexual violence. Statistics show that between 40-60% of sexual assaults are committed against girls younger than 1642. The testimonies presented in this book also reveals that in the front lines of conflict, young girls are specifically preferred by the rapists who commit these crimes.
“As soon as we were separated from the men, the rebels started coming to our room and touching all the women. If they find that you are still a girl they tell you to get up and follow them. Once outside, they were asking them whether they are still girls and not yet married. If you say yes they ask you whether you are ready to accept whatever they are going to do to you. In that situation we could not say no because we were scared and full of fear. That day they raped almost all the girls including me. They slept with us the whole night, and being young, some of them were not in a position to walk the next day, but for fear of our lives we had to”. Doreen’s Testimony Uganda
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