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GENDER BASED VIOLENCE/ LES CONSEQUENCES DE L'INSECURITE A L'EST DE LA RDC SUR LES FEMMES ET LES ENFANTS

Depuis l'avènement des guerres à répétition dans la partie orientale de la République Démocratique du Congo, nous ne cessons de décrier leurs impacts négatifs sur la situation des femmes et de leurs enfants. Parmi l'inventaire des conséquences déjà enregistrées figurent la résurgence de la malnutrition chez les femmes et les enfants.
Ce lundi 28/01/2013, lors d'une visite à l'hôpital Général de référence de Bukavu, j'ai observé la présence de plusieurs enfants malnutris, accompagnés de leurs mamans, elles aussi présentant aussi des signes de malnutrition.
Ayant été très touchée dans mon intérieur propre de cet état de chose, je me suis rapprochée, une fois de plus de la Soeur Responsable du Service Social et de son Assistant lesquels m'ont donné à tour de rôle quelques renseignements justifiant cette situation.
Selon la Soeur, le nombre des femmes et enfants malnutris internés au sein de leur service social a augmenté compte tenue de la présence des femmes épouses des Milices FDLR en provenance du Rwanda, lesquels se sont investit dans les forêts congolaises à l'Est de la RDC depuis 1994 à ces jours. Actuellement, avec l'ampleur de la multiplicité des bandes armées opérant dans cette partie du pays, et compte tenue des multiples violences perpétrées par ces milices étrangères sur les nationaux, les forces d'auto-défense locale semblent à leurs tour, ne plus supporter la présence de ces derniers dans certains milieux. C'est alors que certaines familles des FDLR acceptent de se porter candidates au rapatriement.
Malheureusement, les conditions alimentaires en forêts où ils ont passé toutes ces années, ajoutée à cela de longues distances pour atteindre le site destiné au rapatriement par le HCR fait que les femmes et les enfants arrivent à Bukavu dans un état très précaire, avec des signes de malnutrition, des oedèmes pour certains, les maladies bronchiques pour d'autres, le cholera et autres maladies diarrhéiques, etc...
Le HCR ayant trouvé leur état très lamentable s'est organisé pour établir des bons en vue de leurs prise en charge sanitaire à l'hôpital Général de Référence de Bukavu. Depuis 3 (trois) semaines, elles étaient plus ou moins une soixantaine touchée par cette situation.
Un autre groupe est constitué de quelques dizaines des femmes congolaises, victimes d'otages, provenant des milieux ruraux où elles ont été violées par les FDLR, de ces actes elles ont été engrossées. Ayant fuis leurs bourreaux, elles se
sont présenté à Bukavu dans un état de santé aussi précaire avec leurs progénitures malnutries.
C'est ainsi qu'elles sont toutes internées à l'hôpital Général de Référence de Bukavu où elles sont prises en charge.
De tout ce qui précède, il serait ultime que les accords de Paix puisse être signé en faveur des fils et filles de la RDC victimes des atrocités.
D'autre part, les familles des milices étrangères ne sont pas épargnées de cette malnutrition dans la mesure où au lieu que leurs époux retournent dans leurs pays pour contribuer aux travaux de développement, ils s'illustrent dans des violences à l'encontre des populations d'un pays qui les ont accueilli.
Encore une fois, les femmes congolaises de l'Est de la RDC disent NON à toutes ces GUERRES, NON aux VIOLENCES faites aux FEMMES et aux ENFANTS.

English translation by PulseWire member ngalula

Since the advent of the repeated wars in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, we constantly decry their negative impact on the situation of women and their children. In the inventory of the already registered consequences there is the resurgence of malnutrition among women and children.
This Monday, 01.28.2013, during a visit to the General Hospital of Bukavu, I have observed the presence of several malnourished children, accompanied by their mothers, who were also presenting signs of malnutrition.
Having been deeply touched myself by this state of affairs, I got closer, once again to a Sister of Social Service Manager and his assistant gave me some information to justify this situation.
According to her, the number of malnourished women and children interned within their social obligation to account increased presence of women wives of FDLR militias from Rwanda, which have been investing in the Congolese forests in eastern DRC from 1994 to these days. Currently, with the magnitude of the multiplicity of armed groups operating in this part of the country, and the multiple violence perpetrated by the militias foreign nationals, self-defense forces appear too local and no longer bear the presence of the latter in some circles. It was then that some families FDLR agreed to be candidates for repatriation.
Unfortunately, the food conditions in forests where they have spent all these years, was added to long distances to reach the site for the repatriation by the UNHCR. So that women and children come to Bukavu in a very precarious state, with signs malnutrition, edema for some, for other bronchial diseases, cholera and other diarrheal diseases.
UNHCR has found them in a very lamentable state and is organized to take good care of their healthcare at the General Hospital of Bukavu. From the last three weeks, they were more or less affected by this situation.
Another group consists of around ten Congolese women, victims of hostages in rural areas where they were raped by the FDLR, these acts have been increasing. Having fled their tormentors, they arrived in Bukavu in a precarious state of health with their offspring malnourished.
Thus they are all interned at General Hospital Reference Bukavu where they are supported.
After all this, it would be the ultimate a peace agreements to be signed for the son and daughters of victims of atrocities in the DRC.
On the other hand, the families of foreign militias are not spared by malnutrition to the extent that instead of their husbands returning to their country to contribute to development work, they get involved in violence against people of countries that have hosted.
Again, Congolese women in eastern DRC say NO to all these WARS, NO to VIOLENCE made to WOMEN and CHILDREN.

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GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Since the advent of the repeated wars in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, we constantly decry their negative impact on the situation of women and their children. In the inventory of the already registered consequences there is the resurgence of malnutrition among women and children.
This Monday, 01.28.2013, during a visit to the General Hospital of Bukavu, I have observed the presence of several malnourished children, accompanied by their mothers, who were also presenting signs of malnutrition.
Having been deeply touched myself by this state of affairs, I got closer, once again to a Sister of Social Service Manager and his assistant gave me some information to justify this situation.
According to her, the number of malnourished women and children interned within their social obligation to account increased presence of women wives of FDLR militias from Rwanda, which have been investing in the Congolese forests in eastern DRC from 1994 to these days. Currently, with the magnitude of the multiplicity of armed groups operating in this part of the country, and the multiple violence perpetrated by the militias foreign nationals, self-defense forces appear too local and no longer bear the presence of the latter in some circles. It was then that some families FDLR agreed to be candidates for repatriation.
Unfortunately, the food conditions in forests where they have spent all these years, was added to long distances to reach the site for the repatriation by the UNHCR. So that women and children come to Bukavu in a very precarious state, with signs malnutrition, edema for some, for other bronchial diseases, cholera and other diarrheal diseases.
UNHCR has found them in a very lamentable state and is organized to take good care of their healthcare at the General Hospital of Bukavu. From the last three weeks, they were more or less affected by this situation.
Another group consists of around ten Congolese women, victims of hostages in rural areas where they were raped by the FDLR, these acts have been increasing. Having fled their tormentors, they arrived in Bukavu in a precarious state of health with their offspring malnourished.
Thus they are all interned at General Hospital Reference Bukavu where they are supported.
After all this, it would be the ultimate a peace agreements to be signed for the son and daughters of victims of atrocities in the DRC.
On the other hand, the families of foreign militias are not spared by malnutrition to the extent that instead of their husbands returning to their country to contribute to development work, they get involved in violence against people of countries that have hosted.
Again, Congolese women in eastern DRC say NO to all these WARS, NO to VIOLENCE made to WOMEN and CHILDREN.

:: Beatrice Ngalula Kabutakapua
:: Foreign Correspondent || Researcher
:: Blog: www.balobeshayi.com
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:: Twitter: @Kabutakapua

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