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Women march against rape in DR Congo

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Women march against rape in DR Congo

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More than 1,700 women have marched against sexual violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The rally was organised by the ‘World March of Women’ movement whose organisers hope to combat the stigma attached to rape victims and draw international attention to the problem of rape as a war tactic.

The UN estimates that 15,000 women were raped in eastern DR Congo last year. Numerous Congolese and overseas rebel groups are active in the region, while government forces are also accused of mistreating civilians.