A Bukavu resident told Human Rights Watch researchers, "I have a girl in my house whose parents sent her away to keep her from being raped. For some Congolese the Mai-Mai represent "the popular resistance. This allowed them to make identifications based partly on the location of the crime. Experiences at home leads some girls to return to armed groups or remain there because they fear how their communities will react. However, returning home brings more suffering and challenges.
Commission of Experts to investigate and determine responsibility for grave violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Congo, including sexual violence.
The War Within the War
The terms of the Code specifically violate the international standards requiring the equality of men and women before the law, for example, with reference to women's legal capacity, freedom to choose a residence and to dissolve marriage. Many women living in RCD military camps, including widows of soldiers and women whose husbands are missing or away on duty, suffer sexual harassment and rape by soldiers and officers. As an example, it quotes a year-old man who said a girl entered his shop and asked for water: The three men were never together with any others and had no radios or mobile phones, which indicates that they might have been acting independently of other Hutu forces in the area. A gynecologist said that in his many years of work he had never seen atrocities like those committed against women who had been raped whom he has treated recently.