Lives of Girls Shattered by Attacks on Schools During Kasai Conflict

Publisher:
Human Rights Watch [HRW] (Washington, DC)
Publication Date:
20 May 2019
Tags:
Congo-Kinshasa, Children and Youth, Conflict, Peace and Security, Education

Girls suffered sexual violence and other abuses when armed groups attacked hundreds of schools during the 2016-2017 Kasai conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack in a report released today. The violence affected all children, but girls were particularly harmed, used as "magical" forces that would ward off bullets despite being unarmed, and raped and forcibly "married" to troops.

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