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A cooperative in North Kivu

One can make a new start even with a basket of fish. Like the women who, every day, arrive in the market of Rubare, a small town in North Kivu, a north-eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A cooperative of women, about 50 of them, supplies the local shopkeepers. Thanks to this work – promoted by Caritas – they have been able to rebuild a life for themselves after suffering sexual violence. There may have been as many as half a million women victims of sexual violence in the 20 years of war that afflicted the region. Unfortunately, however, this abuse still continues.




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