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Over 510 cases of sexual violence based reported in Kasai last year

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Over five hundred and ten cases of sexual violence based on gender were recorded in 2017 in the province of Kasai Central, DRC.

According to the League of Africa Zone for the Defense of the Rights of Children and Students (LIZADEEL), there are four hundred and five cases involving children and 80% related to the Kamwina Nsapu phenomenon.

According to the LIZADEEL provincial coordinator, Jean-Malhys Lungala, 500 victims of sexual and physical violence were sent to medical facilities for medical treatment.

Jean-Malhys Lungala says that with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), seven Kananga structures have received kits that prevent the transmission of AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases among victims of violence.

In 2017 the NGO reveals, its psychologists and social workers took care of the psychosocial care and mental health of most of these people.

Jean-Malhys Lungala assured that 350 cases were transferred to the court with 30 judgments handed down and executed.

“80 cases are pending before the courts including the juvenile court, the high court and the Kananga court of appeal. 190 cases are being investigated in different police stations, civilian and military prosecutors, “he said.

As for the violence related to the Kamuina Nsapu phenomenon, he said that 50 complaints have been lodged against men in unidentified uniforms in the military prosecutor’s office and that the files are opened in favor of the victims of sexual violence.

Thirty young victims of sexual violence have also been trained in various professions for their social and economic reintegration.

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