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PHR's Training Workshop in DRC, January 2012

role-playing yarn exercise


PHR staff and team members facilitated a forensic training workshop in DRC in January, aimed at aiding the development of a cross-sectoral network to prosecute sexual violence offenders. They wrote a series of blog posts sharing their thoughts on the workshop and the experiences they had.

Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe toward Justice: Prosecuting Mass Rape in the DRC

by Karen Naimer, Program Director, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

This past October, PHR’s Deputy Director Susannah Sirkin and I had the opportunity to sit in on an appeals hearing in Kaléhé, a small village in South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for a case concerning abduction, mass rape, sexual enslavement, and murder.

A Walk in the Town

by Dr. Nancy Cabelus, team member

Day 2 in DRC: The PHR team splits up to work on logistics. PHR’s Kenya Coordinator Rachel Muthoga and I, accompanied by our Congolese translators Ignace Kabongo and Safari Nixon, taxied to Bukavu, the main urban center and capital city of South Kivu, in search of bottled water, SIM cards, Congolese francs, and other necessities.

It Takes a Network to End Mass Rape

by Dr. Coleen Kivlahan, team member and PHR Asylum Network volunteer

On the second morning of PHR’s training in Bukavu, DRC, Dr. Désiré Alumeti Munyali, a pediatric surgeon at Panzi Hospital who was helping with the training, received a call from his colleagues.

City of Joy

by Susannah Sirkin, PHR Deputy Director

It turns out we’re the first guests to stay at the brand new and modest guest house on the campus of the City of Joy, a project of Eve Ensler’s V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women.

We Are All Connected

by Dr. Coleen Kivlahan, team member and PHR Asylum Network volunteer

In our training, a policewoman who is role-playing [a] victim, holds onto the end of the multicolored yarn and throws the ball of yarn to her colleague, role-playing the victim’s mother. The mother holds the string and throws the ball of yarn to a colleague who is role-playing the nurse, who throws it to the role-playing doctor, who throws it to the role-playing police.

Feeling at Home in DRC - Reflections of PHR's Kenya Coordinator

by Rachel Muthoga, PHR Kenya Coordinator, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

As a first time visitor to Bukavu, I fell in love with the region’s natural beauty and its people. Being able to converse in Swahili with people I met in town and at PHR’s forensic training workshop allowed me to feel right at home and made the cultural interchange very rich.

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