Rape and gender-based violence is an issue that affects girls and women around the world. It happens in families of privilege as well as those in poverty. It occurs on university campuses, in armed forces and in offices of all kinds. It is an issue that cuts across all sectors of society, all religious groups, and all socio-economic levels. One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime (onebillionrising.org). [...]
A pouring rain slaps meter-high tents, some of which are covered by white tarp while others are sheltered by only tree leaves. Slippery alleys of mud separate hundreds of these makeshift lodges. Children struggle to find small rocks or scraps of wood for their games. Adults scream neediness to whoever approaches them. A wind of despair permeates the environment; it is the atmosphere of the war. It is here that Alice* lives. She left her village with her four [...]
After 9 years at HEAL Africa, and twelve surgeries, Nyirana Mataiya is healthy and going home. She came to HEAL Africa with a complicated fistula, a tear in the vaginal or rectal wall resulting in incontinence. Nyirana’s fistula was the result of rape. In 2000, when she was 8 months pregnant, militias in the Masisi Mountains where she is from, captured her, held her hostage and five armed men sexually assaulted her. In addition to being left with a [...]
During this visit, the French diplomat gained a better idea of the work carried out by HEAL Africa and their partners to support sexual violence survivors in Eastern Congo. Since 2003, HEAL Africa has offered medical support to sexual violence survivors in the North Kivu province. Rape remains a major issue [...]
HEAL Africa’s Dr. Bienvenu was featured in BBC News article today about sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Click here to read more.