Eastern Congo is a region ravaged by decades of armed conflict. Rape has been systematically used here as a weapon of war. A trauma therapist is helping its victims come to terms with their ordeals.
The UN accused DR Congo security forces of committing horrific acts of violence against civilians in the war-torn Kasai region. The country's human rights minister questioned the findings in an interview with DW.
Some of the girls were infants, as young as eight months, and none of the victims was older than 12. The fight for mineral resources has led some to dub the DR Congo "the rape capital of the world."
The court ruling has critics pondering the future of the ICC and how, if at all, military leaders can be held to account. The timing is sure to throw a wrench into Congo's presidential election, due in December.
DR Congo has shunned a donors' conference in Geneva aimed at raising billions in aid, saying the country is being given a 'bad image' by the UN. Some 5 million people in the country have been displaced by conflict.
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