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War-torn Congo has been called the “rape capital of the world.” Here is how fighters think about sexual violence.


Thursday, 31 August, 2017 - 06:00

Article by Nina WILÉN and Bert INGELAERE, The Washington Post, August 31st 2017

Over the past decade, sexual violence during conflict has gotten a lot of attention from researchers, advocates and journalists. Until now, researchers have largely concentrated on either examining why fighters commit sexual violence during war or how conflict-driven sexual violence affects its victims. Here’s what we’ve missed until now: How do rebels think about sexual violence?

That’s what we asked former rebels in Congo, where the complex and long-standing conflicts have become infamous for the intensity of sexual violence. In 2010, one U.N. representative called Congo the “rape capital of the world.” News media have commented on its “rape epidemic.”

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