DR Congo: Young Nyangezi Boys Talk Openly about Unprotected Sex

“Some of us here just use date drugs to get a girl. Then when the girl is drugged, they all just have sex without using a condom,” – boy in DR Congo.

In the majority of the DRC cultures, dominant masculinities dictate the attitudes of the young boys in particular – and the men in general.

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COFAPRI co-founder, Bahati, travelled to Nyangezi to meet women and girls members.

Bahati was told that two of COFAPRI’s older members were admitted in Nyangezi hospital, suffering from malaria.

She visited these two members in the hospital and paid for half of their medical expenses as she could not afford to pay the full amount.

If the women were not helped with the payments for medical assistance, they would not be allowed to leave the hospital even if they had recovered; this is the norm in most DRC hospitals.

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