A Different Kind of Warfare

Sub-Saharan Africa
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Physician Lee Ann De Reus examines why rape is such a pervasive problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo, earning the country the infamous title of the “rape capital of the world.” DeReus argues that this image of the DRC is too simplistic and ignores the fact that widespread sexual assault is a symptom of failed social, political, and economic institutions. Instead of placing emphasis on individual narratives,she urges a deeper look at the root causes of this issue and what can be done to solve it.

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