Miriam Makeba visits rape survivors in DR Congo

Miriam Makeba visits rape survivors in DR Congo

13/03/2008

FAO Goodwill Ambassador says support for women crucial to nation’s improvement amid fragile peace - Singer and activist Miriam Makeba says women survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo face a “triple tragedy” of physical, psychological and social damage, undermining the country’s attempts to improve living conditions.

Makeba, who is on a four-day visit to Kinshasa in her role as FAO Goodwill Ambassador, is planning to tour small farming projects designed to help rape survivors feed their families and increase self-reliance. The women have received FAO-donated seeds, tools and agricultural training.