To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, we spoke to two women in our training programme who have chosen to speak out about their experiences.
My name is Wabiwa. I am 38 years old. I grew up in Kasika with my mother.
My father died early leaving many children – there were 9 of us. My mother tried to send us to school, but she could not afford all the school fees. I left school and got married… the war started just after that.
My husband and I made a living by brewing traditional beer and selling it by the road. We worked hard, but still struggled to afford basic necessities like salt and soap.
However, our neighbours became jealous (of our business) and made accusations against us to the rebels.
Since then, I still see the images of what happened. Whenever I see a soldier I am afraid.
Our Work and Sexual Violence in Conflict
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- Help us raise the voices of survivors by sharing Wabiwa and Machozi’s stories with your friends and social networks
- Learn more about the issue of sexual violence in conflict and read our recommendations for tackling the problem, based on evidence working with more than 495,000 marginalised women survivors of war since 1993
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Since 2004, Women for Women International – Democratic Republic of Congo has reached more than 98,000 women through our work in eastern Congo's North and South Kivu provinces.