“We have to be sure the sun will rise tomorrow…

We must unite and stand as one strong team to say no to violence to women and girls here and everywhere in the world.”

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“Pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs can give dung to use to increase the production on our land. They are changing our livelihoods in these mountains. I have been using the dung of the rabbits COFAPRI gave me. This has changed my life and that of my six children…”

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DRC has been living through cyclic wars for more than 15 years. Women and girls have been raped, gang-raped once or repetitively. Some were infected with HIV/AIDS, others got unwanted pregnancies that produced fatherless children. COFAPRI helps with the education of such children…

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People are living great fear of the war that is ravaging North Kivu province.

Our coordinators travel long distances, on foot, in the mountainous villages of the DRC, to be with COFAPRI members, helping to empower women and girls, and end the cycle of violence.

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“We know how to make peace, but our leaders never ask us.

We suffer more than men and yet, we did not start the war and we do not even know why it is there and who brought it.”

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Update from COFAPRI – Safeworld Field Partner in DR Congo:

The boys expressed their feeling of joy when they help their mothers:

“Our mothers suffer a lot in the home; they seek wood, fetch water and cook food for us. Now we must help them in this activity so that they can get time to do house activities.”

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