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Women for Women International Congolese Country Director, Christine Karumba, Speaks Out About the Rape Epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Date:10/9/2007

o advocate on behalf of women's rights and to stop rape. One army officer told Zainab Salbi that he never thought twice about raping a woman when he entered a man's house who didn't have a gun. "I had a gun, he didn't, I never thought whether or not I have a right to rape his wife... I always raped her." After the training program he understood the larger impact of rape on the woman, her family, himself, his family and their community. Now he teaches his soldiers not to rape.

"As we discuss the horrors that are happening on a daily basis in the DRC it is crucial that we look at women not only as victims but as the glue holding a society in chaos together. We must look at how we support these women in rebuilding their lives, providing hope for them, their families and their nation. One woman at a time," states Salbi.

Women for Women International helps women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives by giving them financial and emotional support, job skills training, rights education, access to capital and assistance for small business development.

Christine Karumba and Zainab Salbi are available for print and broadcast interviews.


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