COFAPRI Blogs

DRC-children-Aug-2012

One of the commitments of COFAPRI is to break stigma and silence around rape and domestic violence. This will help to eradicate the culture of violence that has taken deep roots in DRC rural remote villages where we currently work. The women in these villages experience horrendous poverty and human rights infringement on large scale...

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In South Kivu, DRC, there are thousands of children born from conflict rape.

Bahati Valérie spoke with some of the mothers:

"We must love our children; they are our children in their innocence."

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People in the remote DRC villages, particularly in South Kivu, have a strong belief in sorcery and witchcraft.

Hence they believe that, when people have contracted AIDS, they have been bewitched. This is why they reject going to hospitals for medical checks.

Woman-farming

COFAPRI members discuss widowhood and women's land rights in DRC:

"They took all they wanted. Next, they told me I had to marry the brother of my late husband; that is the culture here..."