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GENDER BASED VIOLENCE/ LES CRIS D'ALARMES DES FEMMES VICTIMES DU SUD-KIVU

Depuis quelques semaines, le Medecin Directeur de l'hôpital de Panzi, Mr Denis Mukwege a été contraint de quitter la Province du Sud-Kivu pour une autre destination. La cause n'est autre chose que l'attentat auquel il venait d'échapper de justesse, lui et sa famille. Quels sont les conséquences de ce départ inattendu face aux femmes victimes des violences physiques, notamment les viols ? Selon un Radio Okapi captée à Bukavu, l'un de ses journalistes a rapproché l'hôpital de Panzi où il a pu entrer en contact avec les victimes et leurs encadreuse qui a déclaré ce qui suit : Depuis le départ du Docteur Denis Mukwege, Médecin traitant des femmes victimes des viols, internées dans cet hôpital, ces dernières demeurent dans l'inquiètude, elles sont de nouveau traumatisées, elles ignorent leur sort... Elles ne savent à quel Saint se vouer, car, Dr Dénis était leur seul espoir. Grâce à lui, elles espéraient retrouver la vie; maintenant, elles se disent quel sera leur nouveau sort " A tous de comprendre que pour une personne déjà traumatisée, lorsqu'elle commençait à reprendre un nouvel espoir, mais, d'un coup, on lui ravit la personne à qui elle espérait, qu'en deviendra t-il ?
Par ailleurs, les Femmes du Sud-Kivu, réunies autour du Caucus des femmes congolaises à Bukavu, ce week-end ont haussé le ton pour dire que ce qui se passe n'est qu'un moyen de vouloir tout simplement exterminer les femmes, car, il est inconcevable qu'une personne déjà frustrée, traumatisée puisse subir de nouveau un tel sort. D'où, les femmes du Sud-Kivu, consciente du rôle combien noble que réalisait le Docteur Denis Mukwege au sein de la Société Sud-Kivutienne en particulier et celle de la RDC en général, réclame de vive voix le retour sans condition de ce vaillant fils du pays.
Cependant, elles exigent que les paramètres sécuritaires de la province soient maîtrisés.

English translation by community member Alex Kivley

THE SOUTHERN KIVU WOMEN’S CRIES TO CALL TO ARMS

In recent weeks, the Medical Director of Panzi Hospital, Mr. Denis Mukwege, was forced to leave the province of South Kivu to another destination. The cause being, none other, than attack that he and is family narrowly escaped. What are the consequences of this unexpected departure for the female victims of physical violence, including rape? According Bukavu’s Okapi Radio, one of the journalists approached the Panzi Hospital where he was able to contact the victims and their framers who stated that: Since the departure of Dr. Denis Mukwege, there are doctors dealing with the female rape victims that are staying in the hospital, they remain in anxiety, they are re-traumatized, [the doctors] ignore their situation… The women do not know where to turn, because Dr. Denis was their only hope. Thanks to him, they hoped to find life, now they say about their new situation “to all who understand what it is like for a person who is already traumatized when beginning to take on new hope, but all of the sudden, have that stolen for them, what will become of it?”

In addition, the women of South Kivu gathered around the Congolese Women’s Caucus in Bukavu this weekend and raised their voices to tell of what is happening as a means to simply exterminate women because it is inconceivable that a person, who is already frustrated, traumatized, may suffer such fate again. Hence, women in South Kivu, aware of how noble a role that Dr. Denis performs within the South Kivutienne Society in particular and those from the RDC in general, reclaim the return of your active voice without any condition [for] the brave children of the country.

However, the women require that the security parameters in the province are controlled.

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THE SOUTHERN KIVU WOMEN’S CRIES TO CALL TO ARMS

In recent weeks, the Medical Director of Panzi Hospital, Mr. Denis Mukwege, was forced to leave the province of South Kivu to another destination. The cause being, none other, than attack that he and is family narrowly escaped. What are the consequences of this unexpected departure for the female victims of physical violence, including rape? According Bukavu’s Okapi Radio, one of the journalists approached the Panzi Hospital where he was able to contact the victims and their framers who stated that: Since the departure of Dr. Denis Mukwege, there are doctors dealing with the female rape victims that are staying in the hospital, they remain in anxiety, they are re-traumatized, [the doctors] ignore their situation… The women do not know where to turn, because Dr. Denis was their only hope. Thanks to him, they hoped to find life, now they say about their new situation “to all who understand what it is like for a person who is already traumatized when beginning to take on new hope, but all of the sudden, have that stolen for them, what will become of it?”

In addition, the women of South Kivu gathered around the Congolese Women’s Caucus in Bukavu this weekend and raised their voices to tell of what is happening as a means to simply exterminate women because it is inconceivable that a person, who is already frustrated, traumatized, may suffer such fate again. Hence, women in South Kivu, aware of how noble a role that Dr. Denis performs within the South Kivutienne Society in particular and those from the RDC in general, reclaim the return of your active voice without any condition [for] the brave children of the country.

However, the women require that the security parameters in the province are controlled.

"Discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes."
~Marcel Proust

Salut Madeleine,

J'ai appris que le Dr Mukwege est retourné chez lui avec sa famille. Comment a été la vie quotidienne depuis son retour ? Est-ce que les femmes en général se sentent plus en sécurité? Y at-il d'autres médecins qui ont depuis rejoint le Dr Mukwege dans sa croisade vaillant pour aider les femmes qui sont victimes de la violence physique?

Je vous exhorte à continuer à soutenir ouvertement le Dr Mukwege et de continuer à raconter son histoire en autant de lieux publics (comités, réunions de sociétés, etc) autant que possible.

J'admire votre esprit brave et courageux, s'il vous plaît, restez-vous forte.

J'espère que vous allez bien,

Alex Kivley

Hi Madeleine,

I have since heard that Dr. Mukwege has returned home with his family. What has life been like since his return? Do the women in general feel safer? Are there any other doctors who have since joined Dr. Mukwege in his valiant crusade to help the women who fall victim to physical violence?
I urge you to continue to openly support Dr. Mukwege and continue to tell his story in as many public settings (committees, society meetings, etc.) as much as possible.

I admire your brave and courageous spirit, please stay strong.

I hope you are well,

Alex Kivley

"Discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes."
~Marcel Proust

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