War is not yet over

Community perceptions of sexual violence and its underpinnings in eastern DRC

This report considers whether or not it is still valid to describe sexual violence as a weapon of war in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and explores possible reasons for its continuing high levels. Although a global peace agreement (the Lusaka accords) was signed in 2003, elections were conducted in the DRC in 2006 and various local peace agreements were subsequently signed with North and South Kivu Congolese armed groups in 2008 and 2009, war is not yet over in eastern DRC. From a community perspective, one of the primary indicators of this, that ranks above all the other forms of physical insecurity including raids, abductions, looting of goods and livestock, burning of houses and killings, is the persistence of sexual violence. (Français)

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    Dr Chris Dolan
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    November 2010
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