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#Nyiragongoeruption: 68 Sexual Violence Cases Reported In First 20 Days Of Displacements

Most of the cases were committed on women, and aggravated by reduced protection due to the eruption.

There were 68 gender based sexual violence cases reported within the first 20 days after the Mount Nyiragongo volcanic eruption of Saturday, May 22, 2021 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), 81 per cent of the cases involved rape on women.

The various sexual violence cases were reported by 14 health structures in the Health Zones of Kirotshe, Goma, Karisimbi, and Nyiragongo.

Before the Nyiragongo volcanic eruption, gender based violence (GBV) in North Kivu registered not less than two and three cases per month in the same structures.

Among the aggravating factors observed are lack of shelter, insufficient water, feeding and other resources, due to the displacements. 

The International Organisation of Migrations (IMO) has on its part identified 400 affected households which have been living in 13 collective centres, 11 of which are schools and two churches in the city of Goma and the Nyiragongo territory.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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