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- Le GAMS : Groupe pour l'Abolition des Mutilations Sexuelles

- La Province de Liège

- Plan de Prévention de la Ville de Liège


- Le Centre d'Action Laïque de la Province de Liège

- Le Planning Famlilial FPS de Liège

- Le Centre de Planning familial Louise Michel

- l'asbl Sida Sol

- L'association LîDjibouti

- La Librairie Entre Temps (Barricade)


- La FGTB de Liège-Huy-Waremme

- Le CRACPE (Collectif de Résistance Aux Centres Pour Etrangers)




Commentaires (2)

Etienne PALUKU
  • 1. Etienne PALUKU (site web) | 22/06/2018

The situation in the Region (Beni – Lubero) is still worse since cases of Kidnappings and killings are recurrent. In fact, on 20th April, a motorcyclist and his customer have been murdered in Beni Territory by the ADF rebels.

In the same area, 2 people were killed on 18 April and 7 others are reported seriously wounded by the ADF Ugandan rebels. During these operations, a great number of women (young girls) have been raped.

Indeed, 134 raped young girls have been registered by COPERMA NGO in Beni – Lubero, mainly in Beni, where different armed groups are active, with the top of the ADF Ugandan rebels, since 1st March until 20th April 2018. Only 30 beneficiaries have been treated in our listening Centers, but the other cases are persisting and need support at different levels. The drama really impacts on the socio – economic and security conditions of the whole population in the area in general and on the beneficiaries within COPERMA NGO Centers in particular. This needs much care, especially financial support, for, most of them are orphans since their parents have been killed (murdered).

Therefore, COPERMA NGO calls upon the International community and the Congolese government to work hard so as to get an end to insecurity in the region, mainly in Beni. We estimate that this will help to get durable peace and development.

COPERMA NGO/ North – Kivu – DRCongo

Etienne PALUKU
  • 2. Etienne PALUKU (site web) | 22/06/2018
The Letter of Interest: COPERMA NGO
Contact Information : Director, PALUKU HANGI Etienne
E-mail :
Phone : +243-997-04-5380

Project: Psycho-social support of survivors of sexual violence in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The wars in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been raging for over a decade. Countries such as the United States, France, Rwanda and the United Kingdom all profit from the vast mineral wealth in the land, but the consequences of this wealth are dire. Eastern Congo is often referred to as the “rape capital” of the world. The presence of soldiers, governmental and rebels alike, has created chaos resulting in sexual violence on an unprecedented scale.

Yet, the statistics of rape in the region don’t even scratch the surface of how extensively this horrifying phenomenon has effected and permeated the culture and the people. Even when survivors find the courage to speak out, perpetrators are almost never located, and when they are, impunity depends on the amount of money you have in your pocket.

Sexual violence education is essentially non-existent in the rural areas where COPERMA works, resulting in survivors being turned away by their families and shunned by their communities. The mental effects of rape alone are devastating and the omnipresent stigmatization drastically compounds the emotional suffering of survivors. Most survivors never make it to a hospital; many, as young as 12 years old, become pregnant and are left to raise their rapists’ children with no financial, emotional or community support.

In addition, the phenomenon of kidnapping (abduction) has also risen in the Region and it frustrates the population that fear and is troubled since security services do not help seriously in the release of the abductees. The consequence is that insecurity and emotion increase and trauma attacks a great number of the Civilians. These need psycho – social and economic support. More Vulnerable people are women and young girls because once they are kidnapped; rape is also performed on them by the rebels or some undisciplined soldiers in the Congolese Army.

Since 1983, COPERMA has been working in rural communities to foster development and self-sufficiency. When the war started after the Rwandan genocide and sexual violence became a horrifying normal, we shifted our efforts to help young mothers and all survivors of sexual violence. Though we have no consistent funding, we have established 10 centers in villages hit hardest by sexual violence. The centers consist of a primary and secondary school for child survivors and their children, sewing machines, Soap Marking and Pastry, when possible, and appropriate foster families for girls who have either lost or been forced out of their homes.

Since COPERMA began working with survivors of sexual violence, the need for psycho-social support has become increasingly more dire. Girls are often raped by at least four perpetrators, and many experience this horror more than once. Over the past year we have established the capability to institute long-term individual and group counseling sessions in the various villages where the survivors live and work. We have arranged two potential Congolese psychologists, and our entire ten person team has attended psycho-social training sessions through Finn Church Aid, Superior Institute of the Holy Cross of Mulo and the Lutheran World Foundation.

In order to effectively combat the emotional devastation of rape in a sustainable way, we intend to institute several initiatives. We feel that the best way to provide widespread psycho-social support is through community leaders. Each village will elect two female leaders to be trained as “listeners,” that means, 20 listeners in the 10 villages. Their training and objective will be to provide a safe and positive receiving environment directly after a rape, and allow for continued follow-up and support. Follow-up training with community “listeners” will occur bi-monthly.

An additional role for community “listeners” will be to encourage recent survivors to seek immediate hospital treatment. The majority of survivors are either too ashamed to seek hospital treatment, don’t have enough funds, or don’t believe a hospital can help. Hospitals in rural North Kivu are not strictly regulated and confidentiality is not always guaranteed. Community listeners will also be trained to accompany willing survivors to the hospital, and reinforce with Doctors and nurses the importance of confidentiality to prevent further community stigmatization.

Community listeners will also help COPERMA effectively identify urgent cases. Listeners will be trained to keep private records of survivor progress, and will immediately alert COPERMA of physically and/or emotionally advanced cases. These cases will include indicators such as fecal/urine leakage indicating a fistula, as well as extreme symptoms of traumatization such as flashbacks, not sleeping and/or withdrawal from daily activities. After notification, advanced cases will immediately be brought to Butembo city for either hospital treatment or more intensive emotional support, with survivor permission.

The next aspect of our project seeks to emotionally aide survivors on a more focused and intensive level. Two professional psychologists will perform the bi-monthly follow-up sessions with community listeners, as well as regularly scheduled counseling sessions with survivors. These counseling sessions will take place individually for more advanced traumatization, but will primarily work with a group counseling strategy. Survivors in Congo often indicate feelings of isolation and the belief that they are unique in their feelings of shame and fear. Group sessions, led by a psychologist, will provide a safe and directed environment for survivors to connect with each other’s experience and simultaneously build feelings of community connectedness.

Finally, a primary aspect of survivor recovery is one’s ability to support his or herself. Four of our centers have acquired sewing machines, Pastry tools, Soap making materials and are currently running vocational training classes. We believe this aspect of our project is vital, not only in providing financial security, but in order to promote stigmatized individuals and helping them become integral and valued members within their communities. Sexual violence is partly devastating because it makes an individual completely powerless. We feel that expanding our sewing program to the other centers, as well as instituting bread and soap making classes in the centers, will help survivors regain a sense of empowerment and foster courage in the recovery process for the rest of their lives.

Although Eastern Congo has been covered by the media over the years, international and local initiatives to help these girls and women are almost non-existent. We can’t help on as large of a scale as we’d like, our project aims to assist 600 survivors of sexual violence in the rural communities. All COPERMA workers are natives of North Kivu and have been working in these communities for over a decade. We know these communities and the needs well, and we know how we can help.


Director, COPERMA NGO.

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