In Congo, No Words to Describe the Atrocities

September 13, 2011

Journalist Chouchou Namegabe has been reporting for years on the once hidden problem of sexual violence in her native Congo. The 32-year-old first began broadcasting the accounts of women who had been raped by armed forces at a time when few Congolese would dare to speak publicly about the growing pandemic. In fact, Namegabe says when it came time to broadcast the accounts, she struggled — quite literally — to find words to describe the violence all around her.

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