For hundreds of thousands of displaced people living in camps around Goma, survival is a daily struggle, especially for women. Every day, around 70 women who are survivors of sexual assault present themselves at the structures set up by MSF in the Lushagala, Bulengo, Elohim, Shabindu, Rusayo and Kanyaruchinya sites. This unacceptable situation requires urgent action.
Poor conditions make women more vulnerable to sexual violence
The precarious living conditions in the camps - in which access to food and other basic necessities is extremely limited - put women at greater risk of becoming exposed to sexual violence, often forcing them to venture to unsafe areas or participate in risky activities in order to access these needs.
Families are sleeping in tents that do not close, and the lack of access to basic services is forcing some women to resort to transactional sex, making them more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.