Women and children are extremely vulnerable to sexual violence during times of conflict. Rape is frequently used by armed groups as a weapon of war, and in places where law and order have crumbled, vulnerable people simply have no recourse, leaving attackers to act with impunity. Such is the case in Central African Republic (CAR), where the brutal fighting continues.
Israel's ongoing military operations in Gaza were preceded by several weeks of raids and arrests by Israeli forces in the West Bank in response to the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers. And though Gaza is the center of attention at present, for obvious reasons, the raids are ongoing in the West Bank as well.
Estrella has been pregnant and living in a camp for displaced people in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, since violence drove her from her neighborhood in the city. The M’Poko Camp, near Bangui international airport, hosts around 40,000 people. The assistance there is insufficient.
Civilians have been fleeing the conflict between Sudanese government forces and rebels from the North Sudanese People Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) in Sudan's South Kordofan region since June 2011. The only option for many displaced people is to seek refuge in the camp of Yida, just on the other side of the border in South Sudan. As Yida's population continues to grow, the camp's location has become a source of complex political tensions that increasingly threaten the condition of the refugees.