Thursday, November 24, 2011

D.R. Congo: Rapes and Retribution in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Five years after officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo passed stricter laws against sexual violence, there are more criminal prosecutions - including prosecutions of soldiers. The central prison in North Kivu is packed with men convicted of rape. But lawyers and victims say lawlessness in the countryside means many rapists still act with impunity. And they note the international pressure to stop rape in Congo has led to unintended consequences and a whole new set of challenges. Heather Murdock has more on the story for VOA from Goma.