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Episode 2

Duration:
25 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 31 July 2012

Rape is the great secret of war and the taboo is never so strong as it is for men who - many contemporary academics believe - suffer in conflicts right across the globe.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is known as the 'rape capital of the world' and the terrible experiences of the women who live in the region has been widely documented.

Less well known is the fact that an astonishing 22% of the region's men have also suffered from sexual violence.

In the second part of this bold examination of the issue, award winning writer and Guardian journalist Will Storr travels to Kampala, Uganda to meet the male refugees from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Having fled their homes, they find themselves grievously wounded, rejected by African society, their friends and wives.

Many western charities and NGOs who have the resources to help women but routinely turn men away.

There he hears their extraordinary stories and discovers the astonishing destructive power of rape as a weapon of war.

(Image: An anonymous 25 year old male who was raped by members of the DRC army, the FARDC. Image taken by Will Storr. Copyright: Christian Aid)

  • Army Chaplin in Goma

    Army Chaplin in Goma

    Pastor Lt Col Kubuta Aaron - a military chaplain based in Goma, DRC - who trains soldiers in their human rights responsibilities. The DRC is known as 'the rape capital of the world', with many atrocities being carried out by members of the army, the FARDC (Image taken by Will Storr. Copyright: Christian Aid).

  • Alice Cibalonza of Bikavu in South Kivu, DRC

    Alice Cibalonza of Bikavu in South Kivu, DRC

    Alice was buying cassava when she was abducted by 12 bandits. She was raped daily for 18 months (Image taken by Will Storr. Copyright: Christian Aid).

  • Marie-Claire Mungualongiva Cidunda, of the South Kivu region, DRC

    Marie-Claire Mungualongiva Cidunda, of the South Kivu region, DRC

    Marie-Claire Mungualongiva Cidunda was raped by Rwandan 'genocidieres' as her husband and six children were killed nearby (Image taken by Will Storr. Copyright: Christian Aid).

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