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Justine Masika Bihamba, a coordinator of a women’s rights organisation supporting victims of sexual violence.

Her and her family have been attacked because of her work. In September 2007, soldiers forced their way into Justine's home and tied up her six children, aged between five and 24, at gunpoint. Her eldest daughter was kicked in the face. One of the soldiers attempted to rape Justine's 21-year-old daughter. Having failed to do so, he sexually assaulted her with a knife.
Justine and her children were able to identify the soldiers; they have not been arrested or brought to trial.

Workers at the organisation have regularly been threatened and attacked because of their work against sexual violence in the DRC. Justine’s works in the north of the country; the area worst affected by sexual violence.