Survivors of rape deserve dignity, justice, and a chance to rebuild. 

 

For the past 20 years, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been devastated by war and an epidemic of sexualized violence. Since its founding in 1999, Panzi Hospital has treated 19,270 of these survivors, becoming internationally recognized experts in fistula repair. After survivors' physical wounds heal, they receive holistic care: transitional housing, therapeutic counseling, legal aid, and job training. Panzi Foundation USA engages in strategic advocacy to stop violence against women, and provides grants to Panzi Hospital to heal women & restore their lives. 

 
When I was 13 I was kidnapped by rebels on my way to the market. They kept me for one year, raped me, and made me pregnant. When the baby was born, the soldiers used a knife to deliver it. It was dead. Then they locked me in a room and forced me to drink their urine. There were flies swarming around my injuries. The soldiers never suspected that I might escape, but I found the strength to flee and managed to walk for 3 nights, hiding during the day. I have been living at Panzi Hospital since then and have had many surgeries. One day I hope to return to my village. - Mateso
When I was 13 I was kidnapped by rebels on my way to the market. They kept me for one year, raped me, and made me pregnant. When the baby was born, the soldiers used a knife to deliver it. It was dead. Then they locked me in a room and forced me to drink their urine. There were flies swarming around my injuries. The soldiers never suspected that I might escape, but I found the strength to flee and managed to walk for 3 nights, hiding during the day. I have been living at Panzi Hospital since then and have had many surgeries. One day I hope to return to my village.
— Mateso

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