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Tears in the Congo: Survivors of Sexual Violence 2008~2014
After a decade-long armed conflict, more than 5,4 million people are displaced in IDP camps and villages in Democratic Republic of the Congo. By 2008, there were 800,000 IDPs in North Kivu province alone. Congolese people - especially women- suffer from the worst sexual violence in the world, whereas average 14,245 rape cases a year are reported in the country. Women get raped in farms, jungles, homes, schools, and even inside IDP camps. Many of them suffer from physical condition called "traumatic fistula" which are often caused by brutal gang rapes that leave victims with no control over urination or defecation and, therefore, spurned by all.