In 2010, Margot Wallstrom, the UN’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, called the DR Congo the “rape capital of the world.”
This Lent, Catholics in Scotland are being asked to help the victims of sexual violence in the Congo through the Wee Box campaign sponsored by the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF).
During the Feb. 26 launch of the Wee Box campaign in Glasgow, UK International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said SCIAF’s appeal is helping thousands of women in the DR Congo affected by sexual violence.
“It gives them healthcare, counselling and support to be financially independent. This year, UK aid is matching pound for pound every donation given to the appeal by the generous British public. It means their support will go twice as far in helping these women,” she said.