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Stories from DR Congo


From DRC to Uganda; a sex worker's life
Horror of being a refugee from DR Congo in Uganda
The light-skinned 34-year-old Congolese refugee ran away from her home country in September 2001 to find peace in Uganda. While there are no bullets flying past her daily, Uganda has not offered much of a peaceful life.
Read her story from The Observer

(3.19.2013)
Dr Denis Mukwege
The rape surgeon of DR Congo
Denis Mukwege is a gynaecologist working in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He and his colleagues have treated about 30,000 rape victims, developing great expertise in the treatment of serious sexual injuries. His story includes disturbing accounts of rape as a weapon of war.
Read more from BBC News

(2.19.2013)
A raped woman in Congo DRC speaks out
'It was like dying'
Congo has been condemned as the rape capital of the world. A young woman who was raped – and a child soldier who has raped women – talk about their experience of sexual violence.
Read more from The Guardian

(2.17.2013)
On the run, alone and young
Congolese children flee to Uganda
UNHCR staff have become used to seeing children arriving on their own at the Nyakabande Transit Centre in recent months. But they were stunned when young Congolese refugee Rachel turned up with her six siblings and in need of help after fleeing to southern Uganda late last year.
Read more from UNHCR

(2.07.2013)
Life in Eastern Congo
Exposed and hungry
Exposed and Hungry: Life in eastern Congo is an exhibition of images taken by photographer Susan Schulman during an assignment in 2007 for the UN Refugee Agency and the UN World Food Programme.
Visit the gallery here

(1.31.2013)
Mabondeli, 12, accused of being a witch
Witchcraft claims against children in Congo DRC reflect curse of poverty
Sorcery charges are increasingly being used by poverty-stricken Congolese families as an excuse to abandon their children. Mark Tran meets a 12-year-old girl who nearly died as a result.
Read more from The Guardian

(1.26.2013)
She ain't heavy. She's my niece.
Associated Press photographer Jerome Delay's photo of two terrified girls separated from family in Congo's chaotic war leads to a search for their relatives. This is his account.
Read more (1.12.2013)

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