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  • In the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the prevalence and intensity of rape and other sexual violence has been described as the worst in the world by a 2007 article in the Washington Post. Since fighting broke out in 1998, tens of thousands of women and girls have been raped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is estimated that there are as many as 200,000 surviving rape victims living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo today. War rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo has frequently been described as a "weapon of war" by commentators. Louise Nzigire, a local social worker, states that "this violence was designed to exterminate the population." Nzigire observes that rape has been a "cheap, simple weapon for all parties in the war, more easily obtainable than bullets or bombs." All armed forces in the conflict are guilty of rape, though the militia and various insurgent groups have been most culpable. Of particular medical concern is the abnormally high...
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