Photo: People queue for food distribution in Mugunga III camp. DRC 2012 © Aurelie Baumel/MSF
DRC: High Levels of Sexual Violence in Goma Camps
People displaced by armed conflict around Goma are now suffering high levels of sexual violence in and around the camps where they have taken shelter.
Between December 3, 2012, and January 5, 2013, the MSF team working in Mugunga III camp, a few kilometers west of Goma, registered and treated 95 patients who were victims of sexual violence, with a notable increase in late December. MSF denounces the lack of action on the part of those responsible for protecting civilians and the poor security conditions in the Goma camps.
“The camps and surrounding villages face a glaring lack of security,” said Thierry Goffeau, MSF head of mission in Goma. “The responsible authorities and the leaders of the various armed groups all claim—without exception—that they are defending the civilian populations. They must thus assume their responsibility and ensure that the most vulnerable are not subject to violence or reprisals.”