Congo – The results of an independent investigation into the violence and sexual aggression against women in Goma, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, were issued on Tuesday, taking the issue back to the top of the political agenda.
World Health Organization (WHO) workers who were involved in the Ebola outbreak between 2018 and 2020 were the subject of the report, which focused on the violence they perpetrated against women.
For some, the conclusions serve as a first step on the road to achieving restitution. Aimée Kyakimwa is the female mayor of Beni, and she is the first female mayor in the country. “We are extremely delighted with the outcome of this study, and because it has been said that justice will be served, we are waiting for this justice to be served so that the victims can at the very least be taken care of,” said Aimée Kyakimwa, the female leader of the Beni municipality.
In the report’s conclusion, it was revealed that there were a total of 63 women and 12 men, with an average age of 20 years. It is hoped that this study would encourage more women to speak up about their experiences. “Apart from a few women who were interviewed, there are many more who were not aware that there was an investigation, many more who were not interviewed, and many more who did not denounce,” said Jeanne Alasha, advisor to the Governor of Ituri in charge of gender, family, children, and humanitarian action. “There are many more who did not denounce,” she added.
There were 83 suspected offenders discovered by the investigators. 21 of them were employed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the remaining by local health authorities and other organizations.