'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

Georgina Holmes

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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 pages4
JournalRUSI Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2012


  • rape, sexual and gender based violence, Democratic Republic of Congo

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