In 2009 actress Sienna Miller traveled with International Medical Corps to The Democratic Republic of Congo to tell the story of gender based violence and its direct connection to conflict minerals.
DR Congo is roughly the size of Western Europe. It is rich in raw materials such as tin, tantalum and tungsten. Armed groups fight for control of these resources used in all electronic devices such as laptops, mp3 players and televisions. The purchase of the three t's by Western countries continues to fuel the bloodshed. Utilized as a weapon of war, rape in Eastern Congo is described as the worst in the world.
In May 2011, it was reported that an estimated 48 women are raped every hour.
The study, due to be published in the American Journal of Public Health in June, found sexual abuse was rampant not only in conflict areas but also in the home, with nearly one woman subjected to some form of sexual abuse every minute. The study suggests the problem is bigger and more pervasive than previously thought, and goes further in documenting domestic sexual abuse.
It found 1,152 women are raped every day – a rate equal to 48 per hour. That rate is 26 times more than the previous estimate of 16,000 rapes reported in one year by the United Nations.
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