WHO workers exposed for sexual exploitation of women in DR Congo

WHO workers exposed for sexual exploitation of women in DR Congo

World Health Organization (WHO) is shocked by a recent report that captures both the involvement of its international and national aid workers who sexually abused women and girls in DR Congo while fighting the Ebola outbreak.

The report says WHO aid workers were among 83 persons involved in the nine allegations of rape between 2018 and 2020.

The cry of these women and girls is finally being heard despite over 50 locals raising alarm about the issue in the past.

Not just by word of mouth submissions, the issue was investigated by an independent commission after which a 35-page report was compiled.

The victims were all interviewed by the commission and 21 out 83 perpetrators were found to be WHO workers. Two women were also impregnated as a result.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, was horrified saying it was “inexcusable”.

“I’m sorry for what was done to you by people who are employed by WHO to serve and protect you.

“It is my top priority that the perpetrators are not excused, but held to account,” he added speaking at a news conference on Tuesday.

On behalf of WHO Africa, the regional director Matshidiso Moeti apologised to the women and girls: “because of the actions of our staff,” she said.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.
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