Bibiane, 28, weeps as she talks about her kidnapping and rape experience at a center in Walungu, South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, on April 14, 2008. Bibane was kidnapped and raped by three men over the course of three days in a forest in South Kivu. As a result of the incident, she is now HIV positive and has recently just lost one child to death from malnutrition ? three children remain in her care. On average, 400 women per month were estimated to be sexually assaulted in the autumn of 2007 in eastern DRC. In the first months of 2008, that figure dropped to an average of 100 women per month. While this may be seen as a significant decrease, it is worthwhile noting that many women never make it to treatment centers and are not accounted for in these statistics. | Location: Walungu, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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