Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sexual violence against Congolese migrants during expulsions from Angola.

Human Rights Watch has released a report about sexual violence against Congolese migrants from Angola, especially women and children.
Friends of Humanity is particulary attached to defending the rights of women and children.

"This report describes an alarming pattern of human rights violations by members of Angolan security forces against Congolese migrants. Women and girls, who are often detained with their children, have been victims of sexual abuse including gang rape, sexual exploitation, and being forced to witness sexual abuse of other women and girls. Beatings, degrading and inhumane treatment, arbitrary arrests, and denial of due process have been common practices during roundups of undocumented migrants, and in custody before their deportation.
Human Rights Watch interviewed more than 100 victims and witnesses to abuses, during expulsions from the Cabinda enclave and the diamond-rich Lunda Norte province to the Congolese provinces of Bas-Congo and Kasai-Occidental in 2009 and 2011. Most of those migrants enter Angola to work in alluvial diamond mines or in informal markets."
( To download this report, please click here.) 

Friends of Humanity currently supports a project in Burundi which aims at assisting abused girls and preventing violence against women and girls in Burundi. FOH works with Maison Shalom since 2008 in order to help orphans and street children. This new project tackles directly the issue of sexual violence in Africa.

If you would like to support this project by making a contribution, please visit our Donation's page.

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