UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – More than two dozen children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are among the hundreds of victims of a recent wave of rapes in the nation’s conflict-torn east, the United Nations said on Friday.
All but one of the 28 confirmed child victims were girls, and one of the cases involved attempted rape, the office of U.N. special representative for children and armed conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy said in a statement.
The United Nations defines a minor as a child under 18 years old. The statement said the child victims were between the ages of 12 and 17.
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