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UN recommends reparations fund to help those who were raped in Congo

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1501 (Published 09 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1501
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

A United Nations expert panel has recommended that a reparations fund be established to provide assistance, including medical care, to thousands of women and children, and some men, who have been raped in the war ravaged Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

An estimated 200 000 women have been raped in the country during the past 12 years of war, says the UN. The perpetrators have included armed rebel groups from the DRC and neighbouring countries, soldiers from the DRC armed forces, and civilians.

Navi Pillay, the UN’s commissioner for human rights, said, “Victims are often left to bear the cost of the harm suffered, with dramatic physical, psychological, and material consequences, which destroy …

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