What The Hell?!: Now Men Being Raped In The Congo

Congo Male Rape Victims (photo: Jehad Nga for The New York Times)
Congo Male Rape Victims (Jehad Nga for The New York Times)

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse in The Congo, word is spreading that in addition to women, which is horrendous enough, invading soldiers are now raping men.

Read this except from Jeffrey Gettleman’s recent story in the NY Times:

GOMA, Congo — It was around 11 p.m. when armed men burst into Kazungu Ziwa’s hut, put a machete to his throat and yanked down his pants. Mr. Ziwa is a tiny man, about four feet, six inches tall. He tried to fight back, but said he was quickly beaten down.
“Then they raped me,” he said. “It was horrible, physically. I was dizzy. My thoughts just left me.”

For years, the thickly forested hills and clear, deep lakes of eastern Congo have been a reservoir of atrocities. Now, it seems, there is another growing problem: men raping men.

According to Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, United Nations officials and several Congolese aid organizations, the number of men who have been raped has risen sharply in recent months, a consequence of joint Congo-Rwanda military operations against rebels that have uncapped an appalling level of violence against civilians.

Aid workers struggle to explain the sudden spike in male rape cases. The best answer, they say, is that the sexual violence against men is yet another way for armed groups to humiliate and demoralize Congolese communities into submission.

Read the full story HERE.

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