In the Congo (DRC), rape is an every day occurrence. They are then shunned by their families and communities. Masika Katsuva is taking in those women and trying to make a difference in their lives.
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“We women have something precious that everyone seems to be after. ” – Masika Katsuva
In a corner of Eastern Congo (DRC), Masika Katsuva is planting rows of seed in a field. Masika and the women farming with her are all survivors of the worst brutalities imaginable, multiple rapes and violent assaults.
The field is their hope, their therapy and their source of food and income.
They come to this refuge as victims, punished by the violation of rape, blamed and rejected by their families and the local community.
Masika becomes a mother figure to the women and their children – the results of rape – and as they plant, tend, harvest and finally sell their crops they begin to heal together.
A Studio 9 Film produced, directed and filmed by Fiona Lloyd-Davies.
The CNN article is graphic and difficult to read, but everyone should.
Like so many women survivors, she too was rejected when she and her two teenage daughters were raped by militia men. Her husband was murdered in front of her, chopped up and she was forced to eat his private parts.
I know I write a lot about the western world and how our privacy and civil rights have been compromised or taken away, yet I can still leave my house on a daily basis and never worry about being raped multiple times before I return home. Rape should never be an acceptable part of your daily life.
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