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UNHCR statistics show alarming rise in rape and violence against women in North Kivu

30 July 2013

UNHCR teams register 705 cases of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo province since January, including 619 cases of rape.

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Batalimo to Batanga and Beyond: Congolese Return Home from CAR

13 May 2014 view photos

Raising chickens proves best therapy for Congolese widows in Rwanda

10 April 2014

A poultry project intended to provide income for widows helps heal the wounds of one of the worst massacres in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide.

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Congolese refugee triumphs over bizarre persecution to inspire refugee women

03 April 2014

Fleeing death threats from her own family, one Congolese refugee forged a new life in Tanzania to become a refugee leader and inspire others girls and women.

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UNHCR shocked and saddened at drowning of scores of Congolese refugees in Lake Albert

24 March 2014

Based on information UNHCR has received so far from the authorities and refugees, 41 people were rescued and 98 bodies recovered. As many as 250 people may have been aboard the boat.

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Scared and exhausted
Fleeing for their lives


My mother wanted me to take all of my brothers and sisters along with me... But I could only leave with one.

Veronique, 20 [name changed]
refugee at Kigeme camp, Rwanda

If people are walking such long distances to escape, the situation must be quite dire.

Céline Schmitt

If the violence and abuse of civilians continues to rise in the eastern provinces, the number of new IDPs ... may reach as many as 760,000 in the coming months.

Melissa Fleming

Many thousands of people are without protection and help. And now people in need are appearing in neighbouring countries too.

António Guterres
High Commissioner for Refugees