248 Congolese Women Raped in June by Soldiers

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

In the month of June alone, 248 women reported being raped by military men in the province of Sud-Kivu located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This number was revealed on Monday from local medical sources. Aside from the disturbing number of rapes, the other thing that makes this interesting is that these women were raped in patterns. The AFP reports:

“a doctor at Nakiele hospital told AFP that 121 local women reported they had been raped in the night of June 11 to 12, as confirmed by the United Nations last Friday. A male nurse in another locality, Abala, added that 55 women said they were raped in the night of June 10 to 11, while another said 72 women in the village of Kanguli reported having been violated that same night.”

Losema Etamo Ngoma, the Nakiele village chief, was able to shed light on why these crimes occurred and why they occurred in this manner. He shared that the raping and looting was conducted by nothing less than 150 soldiers under the order of Nyiragire Kulimushi, the national army colonel. On June 8th, Kulimushi ran away from the military base after being accused by a Sud-Kivu lawmaker of being the head of the rape plot. AFP reports that Lambert Mende, a government spokesperson, said on June 25th that the “government forces were ‘actively’ looking for Kulimushi, and that a special tribunal would be set up to evaluate the case.”

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.

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