UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Atul Khare
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UN 'must do better' for DR Congo rape victims

8 September 2010 Last updated at 02:47 BST

UN peacekeepers have "failed" the victims of mass rape in eastern DR Congo, senior UN official Atul Khare has said.

Mr Khare, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, was sent to DR Congo by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to investigate the attacks in July and August.

He said that up to 500 women and children were now believed raped in recent weeks - more than double the previously reported figure.