“I am really worried” Sexual Violence in Kasai, DRC [Warning: Graphic description]

Warning: The testimony in this video is graphic.

Mamie* speaks about the horrific details of the attack against her and her family by armed men in Kasai Central province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She was raped, forced to witness her husband’s beheading, and the rape and murder of three daughters. When she finally was able to receive care from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at Kananga Provincial Reference Hospital, she learned that she is HIV-positive. If survivors of rape can get treatment within 72 hours, they can be protected against HIV and unwanted pregnancy, but the majority of patients arrive after that window has closed. MSF also provides treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, vaccinations, and mental health services. Some 2,600 victims of sexual violence received care at the Kananga hospital between May 2017 and September 2018; 80 percent said they were raped by armed men. (*Name changed to protect anonymity.)