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Kielburger: Forensic training helps deliver justice in Congo

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Abducted from their homes one by one in the dead of night, more than 40 girls from the village of Kavumu in eastern Congo were raped, mutilated and dumped the next morning, barely alive, in nearby fields between 2013 and 2016. The youngest victim was eight months old.

For decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo has held a terrible reputation as “the rape capital of the world.” Few perpetrators have been successfully prosecuted, so the girls of Kavumu had little faith that they would see justice.

Fortunately, they were wrong.

This past December, 11 militiamen and a high-ranking politician were sentenced to life in prison after an unprecedented trial and landmark verdict. It was the country’s largest successful mass prosecution for sex crimes. The case brought hope to a nascent democracy with a weak justice system, aided not by international authorities, but by a non-profit........

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