Until recently, there has been insufficient attention to sexual violence, although it has been one of the most serious consequences of the war and humanitarian crisis in Eastern DRC. A Human Rights Watch report in 2002 highlighted:
"That night, at around two o'clock in the morning, there was an attack on our village. Five armed men entered our house. I was there with my husband and children, but they caught me and took me to the bush. They made me lie on the ground and spread my legs. Then, the five of them climbed onto me and raped me, until their needs were satisfied. When they were done with me, they carried me back to the village. My house had been burnt in the attack and my children had fled. My husband was not there anymore and later we found his body in the bush. It was eight months ago, but I still feel intense pain in my chest and all over my body because of what they did to me."
32-year-old woman raped in March 2003