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More than 243 people were raped in two weeks in a dozen villages in the province of Tanganyika, in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), said the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). saying they are “deeply concerned”.
“In the past two weeks alone, humanitarian partners in the Kongolo and Mbulula health zones recorded 243 acts of rape, of which 48 were suffered by minors, in 12 different villages. This represents an average of 17 attacks reported each day, ”Shabia Mantoo, a UNHCR spokesperson, said in a report.
the actual figures could be “even higher, as reporting of such violence remains taboo in most communities,” says the agency which attributes the attacks to rival armed groups “who are vying for control of mining areas – particularly mining areas. gold mines – and in retaliation against government military operations ”.
The agency calls on the Congolese authorities to “urgently strengthen” security in the area known as the “triangle of death” – which borders several localities between the provinces of Tanganyika, Maniema and South Kivu – “in order to protect civilians, especially women and girls, to allow humanitarian access, and to ensure that investigations are launched and those responsible are brought to justice, ”said the spokesperson.
In July 2021, nearly 310,000 people were uprooted by insecurity and violence and are currently displaced in Tanganyika province, according to the United Nations.
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