UN reports over 500 rapes in eastern Congo

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - September 7, 2010 U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Atul Khare told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that in addition to the 242 rapes in and around the village of Luvungi that were reported earlier this month, more than 260 other rapes and sexual attacks took place in Uvira and other regions of North and South Kivu.

In addition, he said, there are some reports that in one village, Kiluma, all women may have been systematically raped.

Khare called for prosecution of Rwandan rebel FDLR and Congolese Mai-Mai rebels blamed for many of the attacks and U.N. sanctions against their leaders.

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