Congo-Angola Mass Rapes Draw Scant Notice

Some mass rapes attract more outrage than others. Two recent atrocities– separated by just a couple of months–suggest U.N. peacekeeping jurisdiction can decide the degree to which the violations of hundreds of girls and women are noticed.

Congo Rapes Put U.N.’s Wallstrom in Hot Seat

Margot Wallstrom, U.N. envoy on sexual violence in conflict, was slow to learn of mass rapes in the DRC in July, which were carried out despite U.N. peacekeeping patrols. Now her first task as leader of the U.N.’s response is finding out exactly what happened.

African Women Win Promise of U.S. Protection

Obama earlier this week signed the most widely co-sponsored Africa-specific law in U.S. history. Supporters hope it will defend women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Sudan from further atrocities.

Death Threats, Via Text Msg, Scare Congo Reporters

Three female radio reporters in Bukavu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, have received death threats via a cell phone text message. That’s spreading a chill in a city where three male journalists have been killed since 2007.