Congo is one of the worst places to be a woman. (American Journal of Public Health June 2011)
Everyday 1,152 women are raped by rebels, Congolese soldiers and local militia. Patience Kengwa fled from her village after being raped five times in two and a half years. She said If you choose to get food from the field you have to accept that youre going to be raped. Now she works at Kamituga gold mine where she earns a dollar a day or less.
Most mines in the Congo are controlled by the militia where they demand taxes from the workers. The relative wealth of resources in the Congo attracts greed, even the UN mission has allegedly been involved with illegally transporting casserite.
Source The Guardian 3/9/11