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Woman in DR Congo

Feb 2011: A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo sentenced an army colonel to 20 years in prison, convicting him of crimes against humanity in the most prominent sexual violence case ever held in the country where thousands are brutally raped each year.

Child Crossing Road in DR Congo

March 2010: Rape is a shameful act wherever it occurs. Sadly, in the DRC that shame is conferred upon the blameless woman, who is shunned by her husband, family and society. To speak publicly of such a terrible trauma is hard enough in the U.S.—to do so in Congo, you are likely to be judged and rejected.