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UN Authorizes Offensive Force for Congo

Up to 3K peacekeeper troops to get 'intervention' authority to stop rebels

(Newser) - The UN Security Council has voted for the first time to authorize a peacekeeping force to carry out offensive operations, with up to 3,000 troops based in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, reports the AP . The resolution is good for one year, giving the "intervention brigade" the... More »

UN: Congo Rape Victims Suffer Reprisal Attacks

Sexual assaults continue a year after mass attacks

(Newser) - The United Nations says survivors of a horrific mass rape attack in Congo last year have suffered reprisal attacks. A report issued today says a judicial inquiry into the Walikale rapes was suspended because of concerns about the attacks against victims. At least 387 people were raped in late July... More »

100+ Women Assaulted in Mass Congo Rape

(Newser) - More than 100 women were sexually assaulted and many more injured in a mass rape in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo two weeks ago, international aid workers said today. The attacks are believed to have been carried out by a group of 200 rebels who had been integrated into the... More »

Congo's Rape Crisis Isn't What You Think

Weapon of war? That's not the full picture: Laura Seay

(Newser) - News that 48 women are raped in the Congo every hour has led to understandable condemnation of how rape has become a weapon of war, writes Laura Seay in the Atlantic . The problem is that "a growing body of literature suggests that the prevailing journalistic and activist accounts of... More »

In Congo, 48 Women Raped Every Hour

New survey finds numbers even worse than thought

(Newser) - Reports of mass rape as a weapon of war have been common in Congo for years, but a new survey shows the problem to be far worse than thought. An estimated 1,152 women are raped every day, or 48 per hour, according to a study to appear in the... More »

New Mass Rape in Congo

33 women beaten, bound

(Newser) - Women were restrained with ropes or beaten unconscious when some 33 of them were raped in the latest mass assault in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The coordinated New Year's Day attack, in front of some of the women's children, involved several men in each assault, said Doctors Without Borders.... More »

Congo's Rape Victims Go on the March

Women fill the streets with a call to end sexual violence

(Newser) - Congo’s rape survivors “have had enough, enough, enough, enough,” says one activist—and to show it, many of them marched yesterday to protest the country’s rash of sexual violence. Some victims even left hospital beds to join up, singing, “My heart is in pain, why... More »

Congo's Troops Accused of Raping, Murdering Citizens

UN envoy points finger at government troops

(Newser) - Congolese government troops have raped and murdered their own country's civilians, says a UN envoy to the region. Ironically, the alleged abuses were committed by troops deployed in response to the mass rape of 300 civilians and more than 50 children by rebel forces in the Walikale region this summer,... More »

In Rape-Plagued Congo, UN a Total Failure

10 years and billions of dollars later, it's not protecting the people

(Newser) - Over four horrific days at the end of July, at least 200 women were gang-raped in the Congolese village of Luvungi—just down the road from UN peacekeepers. The incident is shining a spotlight on the UN's abject failure to protect civilians there, despite spending more than 10 years and... More »

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