Medical Charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) confirmed on Friday in Kinshasa that armed men raped 127 women earlier this month, during a raid on a town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu province.

It said more than 60 militiamen assaulted the women during a May 1, attack on the town of Kikamba in the province of South Kivu’s Shabunda region.

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MSF said it did not identify the armed group responsible.

Dozens of armed groups operate in eastern Congo, where a 1998-2003 conflict killed millions of people, mostly from hunger and disease.

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It said it was on record that both state and rebel forces had been accused by rights groups of using rape as a weapon of war.

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It recall that in November, Jerome Kakwavu, a Congolese Army General, became the highest ranking official convicted of rape by a military tribunal in Congo, while he was a rebel commander in northeastern Congo from 2003-2005.


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