The Central African Republic (CAR) has suffered waves of conflict over decades. Since 2012 this landlocked country has been plunged into one of its most serious security and humanitarian crises with ongoing political upheaval and sectarian violence.
Many human rights violations have been perpetrated, including sexual violence. Women and girls in particular have been targeted with brutal forms of sexual violence and exploitation.
Since 2018 the Mukwege Foundation has collaborated with an international consortium – led by the Pierre Fabre Foundation, and including Panzi Foundation DRC, the Francophone Institute for Justice and Democracy, the Association des Femmes Juristes de Centreafrique, and the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire l’Amitié – united in a common goal to improve access to holistic care for survivors of sexual violence.
The Nengo Project aims to turn the tide of sexual and gender-based violence by providing quality holistic services to survivors and by helping to prevent further violence. Nengo means ‘dignity’ in the Sango language.
With the support of the French Development Agency, the Nengo Project started to receive its first patients in mid-September 2020. Its main objectives are:
Alongside the Nengo Project, the Mukwege Foundation has a country office in Bangui to implement complementary activities and strengthen the overall survivor-centred response to sexual violence.
With support from the ICC Trust Fund for Victims, the Global Survivors Fund, and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and Girls, the Mukwege Foundation supports and accompanies the survivors’ movement, MOSUCA, provides training for medical and psychosocial support staff and ensures different forms of medical, psychosocial and socio-economic assistance for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence via a number of ‘centres d’écoute’ in Bangui, and projects in communities outside of Bangui.