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    Rape destroying Congo’s communities, says Caritas psychologist

Rape destroying Congo’s communities, says Caritas psychologist

By |2 September 2009|

Some of the rape victims who are brought to Caritas Congo are as old as 70. One of the youngest to require help was just three months old.

“Some of the women who come to us are so badly damaged by the rape that they can no longer walk,” says Ange Mbala, a psychologist for Caritas Congo in Goma.

Caritas Congo has counsellors who work in communities and are able to identify women and children who have been abused. The stigma attached to a sexual attack means that women may be reluctant to come forward and seek medical help.

Type the words “Congo” and “rape” into a internet news search engine, and the number of stories seem endless. This week one report said that a three-year-old girl in eastern Congo died from horrific injuries after being raped by a rebel. Reports describe rape being used “as a weapon of war”.

“It’s about destroying […]

Changing women’s lives in Chad

By |3 November 2008|

By Antoine Adoum Goulgué, SECADEV for Caritas

The Al-Nadjah centre is a handsome building in the Chadian town of Adré, about 5 km from the border with Sudan’s troubled Darfur region.

With finanancial and technical support from Caritas, the centre provides training for local women, a nursery school, and a playground.

The 235 beneficiaries in Al-Nadjah Centre are women, with a special focus on unmarried mothers and girls withdrawn from school.

Young mothers are often abandoned by their families and by the father if their child is born outside of marriage. Caritas provides them with support through the centre.

Traditional beliefs force girls to abandon schooling as soon as they reach age of puberty (from 10 to 12 years old). Lacking opportunities provided by schooling, these girls go to the centre in order to learn knitting and food production.

But the centre also helps any woman who faces the challenges of providing for her family […]

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