Victim, activist, heroine. Who was Masika?Comments
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>— 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)