STORIES: République démocratique du Congo: Mwavita - Born at time of War: Rapes in Congo

Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Kivu, Bukavu. 02/02/2017. Village of Kavumo, just outside Bukavu. In this village, Frederic Butumike – a member of the provincial council and a former Mai Mai - and 74 of his followers raped 44 girls aged between 18 months and 11 years in the space of two years. These crimes appear to have been perpetrated as a result of the belief that such abuse and the blood of a virgin would have made these militiamen rich and invincible. Batumike is currently in prison in Bukavu awaiting trial. Elizabeth, 11, a rape victim. Panzi Hospital has provided her with medical care and is assisting her with psychiatric treatment with a view to her reintegration into society.
Rapes in Congo

Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Kivu, Bukavu. 02/02/2017. Village of Kavumo, just outside Bukavu. In this village, Frederic Butumike – a member of the provincial council and a former Mai Mai - and 74 of his followers raped 44 girls aged between 18 months and 11 years in the space of two years. These crimes appear to have been perpetrated as a result of the belief that such abuse and the blood of a virgin would have made these militiamen rich and invincible. Batumike is currently in prison in Bukavu awaiting trial. Elizabeth, 11, a rape victim. Panzi Hospital has provided her with medical care and is assisting her with psychiatric treatment with a view to her reintegration into society.