WTF?: Male Rape On the Rise in Congo

By MXL on 8/05/2009 04:12:00 PM

Tagged: , ,

From the NY Times:

GOMA, Congo — For years, the thickly forested hills and clear, deep lakes of eastern Congo have been a reservoir of atrocities. Now, it seems, there is another growing problem: men raping men.

The United Nations already considers eastern Congo the rape capital of the world ... The male rape cases span several hundred miles and possibly include hundreds of victims. The American Bar Association, which runs a sexual violence legal clinic in Goma, said that more than 10 percent of its cases in June were men.

But nobody knows the exact number.

Last year, Congo’s rape epidemic appeared to be easing a bit, with fewer cases reported and some rapists jailed. But today, it seems like that thin veneer of law and order has been stripped away. The way villagers describe it, it is open season on civilians.

Congolese health professionals are becoming exasperated. Many argue for a political solution, not a military one, and say Western powers should put more pressure on Rwanda, which is widely accused of preserving its own stability by keeping the violence on the other side of the border.

Now that is REALLY fucked up.

Read the whole story here.

0 comments for this post

free hit counter for your website or blog