UN to investigate reports of rape in eastern DR Congo
Martin Nesirky, a spokesperson for the Secretary-General, told journalists that the UN has received “several worrying reports about incidents of an unknown number of alleged rapes and looting committed in the Nyakiele area in South Kivu [province], some 40 kilometres north of Fizi town, between 9 and 12 June.”
He said the UN’s mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) was sending a team to the town, which is eight hours by foot from the nearest UN military base.
Many towns and settlements in the DRC are extremely remote because of a lack of roads and other basic infrastructure and because of the often difficult terrain.
Mr. Nesirky said the humanitarian non-governmental organization (NGO) Médecins Sans Frontières had separately reported treating more than 100 victims of rape and other forms of trauma since staff arrived at Nyakiele on 21 June.