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Survivors of Sexual Violence in War Time

Jean Chung | Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda

A memorial for the 2004 Lukodi massacre of about sixty villagers who were killed by a Ugandan rebel, Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), stands in the mass grave in Lukodi, northern Uganda. During the insurgency of LRA from 1987 until 2009, between 60,000 and 100,000 children were abducted, and girls were used as soldiers and sex slaves of their commanders.

In most wars, men are conscripted and killed and women are sexually violated and killed, often times become sex slaves. Those who survive often suffer from physical and psychological traumas, some have medical conditions such as traumatic fistula and infertility caused by sexual assaults and gang rapes.

Women are exposed to much higher risks of sexual and gender-based violence in war time than in peace time. The offenders use this opportunity to use the rape as weapon of war and to humiliate and disable the population. The world should know more about women's rights as a result of war and armed conflict. 

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