The UN Security Council has been hearing new
claims that government troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo are involved in the rape and murder of villagers in the east of the country.
Margot Wallstrom the special representative on sexual violence in conflict made the allegations after a fact-finding tour of the region.
Wallstrom says the attacks took place in the same area where rebels carried out mass rapes just weeks ago.
“‘A dead rat is worth more than the body of a woman’, were the words of one distraught young woman in Walikale. It was an expression of how human rights violations against women are still the lowest on a fool’s hierarchy of war-time horrors,” Wallstrom told the security council.
Rapes are said to have been carried out in 13 villages in the Walikale area where homes and shops were also looted.
Rebel militia commander Lieutentant Colonel Sadoke Mayele has been arrested in connection with the attacks earlier in the year.
The UN envoy is calling on the DRC government to take action against soldiers implicated in sexual violence.