of Reconciliation Have Now Gone Into Water
Email from Zawadi Nikuse, HROC Coordinator in North Kivu, Congo
While it is nice
to assume that violence prevention continues in a straight-forward,
upward path, it is naïve to think that there will not be setbacks.
In April 2012 the armed violence between various rebel and government
factions in North Kivu where Zawadi works with rape survivors escalated
again. This was her email response to me on my request for violence
We took long [to
respond to your request] because we had to go to the field to get such
testimonies. However in the North Kivu current situation, we cannot.
We tried to interview some people, but all we get is the contrary because
the steps of reconciliation which were already taken have now gone into
water. The inner wounds have now re-opened, we will have to begin from
square one. Once the situation calms down, we hope we will get more
stories for next time.