‘Living on Gold Should be a Blessing; Instead it is a Curse’. Mass Rape and Genocide by Attrition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Holmes, Georgina (2012). ‘Living on Gold Should be a Blessing; Instead it is a Curse’. Mass Rape and Genocide by Attrition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The RUSI Journal, 157(6) pp. 62–66.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03071847.2012.750888

Abstract

Dominant narratives of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region have emphasised the use of mass rape as a weapon of war that is primarily used against women. Georgina Holmes argues the need to go beyond this reductionist interpretation: mass rape is perpetrated against women, men and boys, and is an extreme form of violence against the community which effectively constitutes ‘genocide by attrition’.

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