100s raped near DRC UN base

2010-08-23 17:00

Johannesburg - An aid worker says rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) gang-raped nearly 200 women over four days within kilometres of a UN peacekeepers' base.

Will F Cragin of the International Medical Corps says aid workers knew rebels had occupied Luvungi town the day after the attack began on July 30.

More than three weeks later the UN mission says it still is investigating.

Cragin told The Associated Press on Monday by telephone that his organisation was only able to go into the town that is 16km from a UN military camp after rebels withdrew voluntarily on August 4.

He said international and local health workers have treated 179 women but that the number raped could be much higher. Cragin said his aid group has been going back to the town and identifying more cases.