Kahindo, 20, sits at home with her two children born out of rape in the village of Kayna, North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, on April 12, 2008. Kahindo was kidnapped and held for almost three years in the bush by six Interahamwe who she claims were Rwandan soldiers. They raped her repeatedly. One of her children was born in the forest ? she was pregnant with the second by the time she escaped. 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: Kayna, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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