DRC Minova RapeTrial

DRC Minova RapeTrial © DIANA ZEYNEB ALHINDAWI

A victim — veiled to protect her identity — testifies before the closed military tribunal. A member of the prosecution team holds a microphone up for her while a defense lawyer makes notes. The accused soldiers are seated in the rear. Victims are often extremely reluctant to step forward due to the stigma congolese society places on victims of rape. At the trials in the Minova, only 47 female vicitims testified, even though an earlier investigation identified over 1000 men, women and children that had been raped in November 2012 in Minova.