From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – AFRICAN Union chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has denounced the sexual violence and abuse of children and women in the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo.
It is reported 1 000 women and girls are raped in DRC daily.
She has sent a high-level delegation, led by Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop, to the Central African country to assess the situation.
A raping spree of young women, including girls between the ages of eight and fourteen, by armed groups wreaking havoc east of the country, is among pointers of a worsening crisis.
“Her Excellency Dlamini-Zuma is deeply concerned about the situation of women and the vulnerable in this country,” Diop said in Kinshasa.
Zuma’s delegation visited Kinshasa and parts of eastern DRC, including Bunia, Beni, Goma and Oicha.
The delegation visited a school where over 50 children whose parents had died as a result of insecurity.
At a general hospital, 23 young mothers had been detained after delivery for owing medical bills.
Apart from widespread insurgency by the armed groups mostly in the east, DRC is experiencing instability after President Joseph Kabila clung to power beyond constitution dictates.
Elections were set for the end of November but have been postponed to 2018.
– CAJ NEWS