“Forty-eight women are raped every hour in Congo … 12% of women in this country have been raped at least once,” finds a 2011 study by the American Journal of Public Health.
“82% of rape survivors in the South Kivu province have STDs, 60% have lost their husbands, an estimated 30% are HIV positive,” finds a John Hopkins survey.
The Atlanta Walk for Congo was organized primarily to:
- Call attention to the war in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo which has been ongoing for over a decade, causing the greatest humanitarian crisis of our times, with over 6 million dead.
- To urge the United States to hold its allies accountable for their role in destabilizing the DRC.
- To call on world leaders and members of Congress to actively engage in bringing this war to an end.
- To stand in solidarity with the Congolese civilian population in raising awareness about the plight of innocent victims of war, the most vulnerable of whom are women and children.
For a more on eastern DRC crisis, read: War in the Heart of Africa: Congo on its knees as Women & Children continue to pay the highest Price
The Atlanta Walk for Congo which took place on March 23, 2013 attracted participants from different parts of the USA and other countries such as Canada and DRC.
A Million Strong For The Afrikan Woman had called for and was honored to have gained the support and involvement of U.S. Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA) on this initiative.
In attendance were Congressman Hank Johnson (U.S. Rep for GA’s Fourth Congressional District) and Award Winning Actor Isaiah Washington amongst others.