Rape as a weapon of war: Congo Anglicans providing care for victims
by Gavin Drake
Source: Anglican Communion News Service
A new peace centre is being established in Bunia by the provincial youth department of the Province de L'Eglise Anglicane Du Congo (the Anglican Church of Congo). It is providing care to girls and women who have been raped as part of the ongoing conflict in the region, and also to young people. Rebels are using rape as a weapon of war. The majority of the 79 women and child rape victims being cared for by a member of the church in Bavi are aged between 13 and 15; but the youngest is just three-and-a-half-years-old and the oldest is 60. Some have needs that the church is unable to help with.