The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is concerned about recent incidents of sexual violence reported by women and girls fleeing renewed conflict in Sudan’s South Kordofan state for the Yida refugee settlement in South Sudan. “We are concerned about the safety of women and girls fleeing conflict in South Kordofan and we are hearing reports of sexual assault while they are on the road to get here,” said Stephanie Puccetti, the IRC’s emergency women’s protection and empowerment manager in Yida.
Rhoda Mukamba (second from left) lost her husband and her home when mobs attacked her Kenyan village in January 2008 after a disputed presidential election. With new elections scheduled for this coming March, the IRC is working with partners and communities in Kenya to avert a repeat of the violence.
Hundreds of people displaced by recent fighting between rebels and the Congolese army are crammed together on a school floor on the outskirts of Goma. They are the lucky ones: Many have no roof on their heads.