Democratic Republic of the Congo: Rape remains rape, no matter who did it
For six years Antoinette Mbila has been helping the women of her village and others in South Kivu recover from the trauma of rape or sexual assault. Trained by the ICRC as a psychosocial counsellor, she leads a small team at the “Maison d’Ecoute” (Listening House) in Irangi. The ICRC has just completed a campaign in the region to encourage women to get medical and psychosocial help whenever they are raped, whether it is by someone they know or an outsider. The campaign involves raising awareness on the radio as well as organizing community theatre events.