2,500 rapes in East Congo in 2012: Report
The findings published yesterday by Heal Africa come as the European Union announced it plans to spend USD 25.8 million for victims of sexual violence.
EU Ambassador Jean-Michel Dumond to the UN-backed radio station Radio Okapi that the EU is "trying to intervene." In its report, Heal Africa said the figure of 2,500 corresponds to rapes that were reported. The actual toll is likely far higher.
Since April, the new M23 rebellion in Congo has created a new cycle of violence and displacement likely to increase the number of sexual violence cases.