Some have been here sincethough the violence broke out two years earlier, its end nowhere in sight.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there are more than 14, displaced people in the Aviation and PK8 Camps in Bambari, the majority of them women and girls. Besides facing serious barriers to health care and food, they also face sexual violence used as a weapon of war.
One woman in PK8 Camp recalled encountering a man who emerged from the bush, machete in hand, demanding sex.
He started to undress me, but I struggled and screamed with all my might. He hit me on the thighs, but I continued to scream and struggle.
Finally, he left when he heard that the population would come running to help me. I was lucky, but it was not the case for other women who had already crossed paths with this man. I currently live in fear.
Inthe Gender-Based Violence Information Management System — a monitoring system maintained by humanitarian partners including UNFPA — recorded 9, cases of gender-based violence countrywide, of which 24 per cent or 2, represented sexual violence.
More than a third of those brutalities were committed by members of armed groups; the rest were perpetrated by civilians. Some survivors know their attackers.
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She eventually returned to school; her uncle is now in jail. I found out I was a month pregnant. My father filed a complaint against the man, who is currently in prison. For others, any semblance of justice remains as elusive as peace.
A father whose year-old daughter was raped by a year-old man filed a complaint but says the assailant bribed officials for his release. Last year, in collaboration with partners including the Ministry for the Promotion of Women, the Family and the Protection of the Child, UNFPA distributed more than 9, dignity kits, which contain essential hygiene supplies including menstrual p, and 52 post-rape kits countrywide, which helped to support 2, cases of rape.
And in response to the unrelenting wave of sexual violence, UNFPA and partner African Initiative for Development AID set up a help centre at the District Hospital of Bambari — one of 12 safe spaces for women and girls throughout Ouaka and four other prefectures — and deployed a mobile clinic in May, which distributes dignity kits to vulnerable women in camps and handles gender-based violence cases. In addition to identifying and treating survivors, the mobile clinic conducts sensitization sessions in the hope that wider education will help communities support survivors, not subject them to stigma, shame or discrimination.
The communities, too, are casualties of an already cruel war.
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Living in fear One woman in PK8 Camp recalled encountering a man who emerged from the bush, machete in hand, demanding sex. Facilitating survivor support Last year, in collaboration with partners including the Ministry for the Promotion of Women, the Family and the Protection of the Child, UNFPA distributed more than 9, dignity kits, which contain essential hygiene supplies including menstrual p, and 52 post-rape kits countrywide, which helped to support 2, cases of rape.
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