Democratic Republic of Congo

November 26, 2014

IN 2014, there is still a place in the world where rape against women is so common that the perpetrators are not pursued by the authorities.

The victims of sexual violence are considered worthless after the act, and the abusers can carry on with their lives without consequence.

It is the most dangerous place on Earth to be a woman today, where it is more risky to be a female than it is to be a soldier.

This is the reality of life in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Released for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Caritas Australia’s report highlights the scourge of rape and sexual violence in the central African nation, which has a long and bloody history of war.

It is a country of more than 67 million people, 87 per cent of whom live on less than $1.45 a day.