This child was called a “witch” because her mother was raped
We hope that world leaders at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict will agree on concrete measures to protect children in conflict from rape and abuse. The summit, which takes place in London from 10 – 13 June, includes some free public events that anyone can attend. If you’re interested in supporting this cause, please go.
Riziq’s story, below, is sadly typical. Riziq, 35, lives in Goma in DR Congo with her two daughters. She told us how Dorika, her youngest daughter, was called a witch for being born from rape.
“One night some men came to our village asking for food,” Riziq told us. “They were drunk and had weapons. I don’t remember how it happened, but four of them forced themselves onto me and raped me several times.
“Dorika was born a few months later. My nephews refused to play with Dorika. The said she was a witch.
“The years passed. One evening I got home to find Dorika crying alone outside. I ran to her and found her dress stained with blood. She said that my 14-year-old nephew had ‘played’ with her. My sister and mother laughed at me. I had been raped and here was my six-year-old daughter, born from that rape, frail and shy, raped not by some crazy armed men but by her cousin in my very own house, under the watch of my mother and sister.”
* All names have been changed to protect identities