Victim, activist, heroine. Who was Masika?

Victim, activist, heroine. Who was Masika?
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Euronews takes a look at the life of a remarkable woman

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Rebecca Masika Katsuva, known simply as Masika, died on February 2 in the Democratic Republic of Congo from complications due to malaria. She was 49.

In 2012, our journalist Valérie Gauriat carried a report about Masika’s work.

Here Euronews takes you through who she was and the contribution she made.

What does living on Buganga look like for 3 days? pic.twitter.com/kQLKXjnj

— Trevor Waldock (@Teboa) January 29, 2012

Over the years, hundreds of women have flocked to Buganga in South Kivu province.

Thanks to Masika, the village has become known as a place of refuge and rejuvenation for anyone who is a victim of sexual violence.

Masika, a Congolese who turned her own rapes into help for women, dies at 49. RIP, hero! https://t.co/JJqUvK6FTgpic.twitter.com/gwV4tcqlVT

— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) February 8, 2016

  • A victim of sexual violence herself, in 2000 and with the help of the International Red Cross, Masika started helping other women who have been targeted

  • She brought victims to safety in the village of Buganga in South Kivu province.

  • The recovery program included practical support (many had been forced to flee their homes), private counselling and group work.

  • They were given work producing agricultural products to be sold in the surrounding communities.

  • Masika founded the APDUD association – the Association of Disinherited People United for Development.

In pictures and in tweets

Hommage à Masika, l’une des héroïnes de la RD Congo https://t.co/ZezCQcEJYQ

— Afrofeminista (@afrofeminista) February 9, 2016

Remembering Rebecca #Masika: “even in the most difficult situations, hope never dies” https://t.co/qC1kYtlrvH#DRCpic.twitter.com/5FZ89uV1jv

— Front Line Defenders (@FrontLineHRD) February 8, 2016

#DRC lost a heroic women's rights activist in Rebecca Masika Katsuva. https://t.co/7KJkhQy1sApic.twitter.com/Wxv3B7aOIp

— Edward Herbert (@ed_herbert) February 8, 2016

So sad! Yes Masika was a hero ida_sawyer</a> We had met in 2012;may I share portrait as tribute <a href="https://t.co/hQyFzxQQJZ">https://t.co/hQyFzxQQJZ</a> <a href="https://t.co/bWwBWP1DDX">https://t.co/bWwBWP1DDX</a></p>&mdash; Valérie Gauriat (valgauriat) February 5, 2016

What they are saying

The Democratic Repubic of Congo lost a hero this week(Human Rights Watch)

A heroine whose work will continue to inspire us(United Nations)

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