Riz Khan
Sexual violence in the Congo
Eve Ensler talks about working to rebuild the lives of those affected.
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2007 09:30 GMT

Eve Ensler on her recent visit to the Congo
[Paula Allen]

Anand Naidoo sits in for Riz this week.

Sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) goes well beyond rape – it includes gang rapes conducted in front of family and community members and the mutilation of victims' genitals.

In many cases, male relatives are forced at gun point to rape their own daughters, mothers or sisters.

Numerous perpetrators of these crimes have been implicated in the Rwandan genocide and are operating from forest areas in the DRC.

These armed groups raid local communities, rape, sexually enslave women and girls and subject them to forced labour. 

On Monday, Anand talks with the author of the Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler, about her recent visit to the Congo and the hard work of rebuilding lives torn apart by sexual violence.

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