Congo: 1,381 cases of violence reported over two-year period
1,381 cases of gender-based violence were recorded between 2012 and 2014 in several hospitals in the Congo, Police Colonel, Jean Roger Kouni-Okogna said in Brazzaville on Tuesday.
“The cases of violence were recorded in 23 hospitals throughout Congo, 82 percent of which are sexual and 18 percent physical violence,” said the coordinator of the project against gender-based violence.
He was speaking at a training session for police officers on the management of gender-based violence.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative, Barbara Laurenceau, seized the opportunity to draw attention to the fact that “20 percent of rape victims accommodated by health facilities in the country were children under the age of 10.”
Congolese Interior Minister, Raymond Zephirin Mboulou, urged participating police officers to take advantage of the training organized in partnership with UNFPA so that “the documents that will be adopted serve as an action framework for better protection of the population against such gender-based violence.”