DRC: Bukavu Assessment Report

20 June 2009

This assessment was carried out from the 28 April - 1 May 2009 in Bukavu East-Congo by GVRC Deputy Program Manager, Alberta Wambua; GVRC Counselor Ruth Kimaathi; and representatives from FECCLAHA; Rev. Shelvis Smith Mather, and Judy Waruhiu, Human Security Program Coordinator.

"The use of sexual violence in DRC haunts not only the survivors but family members and the community at large. The demand for the end to sexual violence in the DRC needs to be louder. Healing and restoration of the community will require that beyond the physical healing, spiritual and psychological efforts are involved. Women will be healed but in 10 years time all these women will have significant problems, psychological problems. We need to have a system that cares for these women; the church is well placed to do this. The question is how do we get the pastors to that level?" Dr Denis Mukwege, Panzi Hospital

This assessment includes interviews with church leaders and survivors of sexual violence. These organizations are affiliated with Eglise du Christ au Congo (ECC) FECCLAHA’s member in the DRC;

  • CAMPS (Centre D’Assistance Medico Psycho-Social)
  • Panzi Hospital
  • Eglise du Christ au Congo
  • Search for Common Ground
Ruth Kimaathi & Judy Waruhiu

Original Document:
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