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"Living on gold should be a blessing; instead it is a curse": mass rape and genocide by attrition in the democratic republic of the Congo

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Dominant narratives of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region have emphasised the use of mass rape as a weapon of war that is primarily used against women. Georgina Holmes argues the need to go beyond this reductionist interpretation: mass rape is perpetrated against women, men and boys, and is an extreme form of violence against the community which effectively constitutes ‘genocide by attrition’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-66
Number of pages5
JournalRUSI Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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