What practical help can be given to victims of war crimes and sexual violence?

Did you know that there are laws for waging war?

Of course, you don’t do it any old way!

One branch of international law brings together the rules that belligerents must observe in the conduct of hostilities.

This is the law of war.

Numerous laws were adopted during the Hague Peace Conferences of 1899 and 1907 and during the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

They help to set limits to the barbarity of war.

The laws of war prohibit wilful killing, rape and other sexual violence, torture and inhumane treatment of captured combatants and civilians in detention, looting and pillaging.
These treaties also protect persons who are not or are no longer participating in hostilities, such as the wounded and sick.

Anyone who deliberately orders or commits such acts, or aids and abets them, is responsible for war crimes.

We are (re)discovering these acts with the current war in Ukraine.

Yet such monstrous acts are common elsewhere.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, these atrocities have unfortunately been commonplace for over 25 years.

Interface Compassion Internationale has a twofold objective in helping women victims of sexual violence in the DRC.

Firstly, we want them to be able to receive a microcredit and training or personalised support. This will enable them to escape their misery with a concrete professional objective.

Secondly, to enable them to have access to medical care through our project to build a medical dispensary in Kalehe (60 km from Bukavu).

The income generated by the professional activities of these women will allow them to partially cover the operating costs of the medical centre thanks to their membership of a solidarity mutual.

Are you curious to know more about our projects?
Then visit our website.

Would you like to be part of the adventure with us?
Become a member and support us!

We need every little donation (it happens here).

Did you know about these crimes?
Are you ready to support us?

See you soon.

The team ICI ❤

A TV report on helping women victims of violence in DRC.

Our association was the subject, in march 2022, of a TV report on the Belgian regional channel Notélé.

The backstage during the interview of Emmanuel Mukwege by Benoit Deplasse.

Click here to watch the TV report (in french).

This was an opportunity for Emmanuel Mukwege and Christian Mostosi to explain our two objectives: granting microcredits to women victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the construction of a medical dispensary in Kalehe.

But also to present our “bookmark” action, launched in March 2022, of which you can find all the details by clicking here.

We are looking forward to seeing you become involved in our humanitarian association.
For only 1 euro, you can become a member of our association.

By sharing this information, adding a like and a comment on our social networks, you contribute to our visibility.

If you want to help women victims of sexual violence in a more concrete way and allow them access to the medical care they need, you can make a donation.

We are waiting for you!

See you soon.

The team ICI.

A doctor on scholarship from our association.

Our association has been in existence for just over 6 months.
And already we can be proud of the work we have done so far.

While we are working on the construction of our medical dispensary in Kalehe, we have recruited a doctor to run it.
He is Dr Aristote Ntazongwa Mushagalusa.

But before that, he benefits from a monthly grant for twelve months, offered by our association, so that he can improve his skills and become autonomous.
In February 2022, he started his internship at the Bulenga Hospital.

Here are some extracts from his report after his first month of training.

“Here I am at the end of the first month of my training course at the Centre Hospitalier de Bulenga.
We have four departments: internal medicine, paediatrics, surgery and gynaecology.
We take care of all the patients we receive in each department. I can make a diagnosis, interpret the laboratory result and initiate treatment.
In surgery, I have been able to assist in several operations, including many caesarean sections, and I have already conducted five deliveries. I have started learning ultrasound as of this week.”

Dr. Aristote Ntazongwa Mushagalusa on the right with a surgical crew.
Dr. Aristote Ntazongwa Mushagalusa ready to work in the operating room.

As a reminder, our future dispensary will allow us to welcome and help women victims of sexual violence but also to open access to healthcare to the local population in need. Our association is an extension of the work of Dr. Denis Mukwege.

The actions of our association are concrete.
We are moving forward effectively but we need you to support us.
Any donation is welcome to pursue our objectives.

For this, please visit our donations page.

It’s up to you!

The ICI team

Women’s Rights Day 2022

Every year in the DRC, women are raped.

Every year, sexual crimes are committed.

Every year we face our own challenges and difficulties.

Some events are sudden, unpredictable and others can be planned.

Rape, fighting, suffering, anxiety.

At some point we all have to face them.

But there is a force within us that fuels hope.

In the face of these situations, let us not lose it to despair.

Our vision is this building project.

A medical dispensary, to offer access to care.

To those who need it most.

Together we can make it happen.

Together we can help put the worst behind us.

Together our enthusiasm can only grow.

Communication, association, are values we want to believe in.

You too can be part of it.

We can help these women to rebuild their lives.

To find an identity, an education and to be able to learn.

A slow process of repair and healing.

Thanks to your hearts touched by this action, we can continue to collect many donations.

May each of us participate at our own level.

May we all be a little stream.

May we be able to alleviate all these scourges.

We are HERE and we have chosen to help women who have been abused in the DRC.

(text written by Laetitia Louchart and Christian Mostosi)