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DR Congo freezes rape doctor's account


Dr. Denis Mukwege of Panzi hospital in Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province, has accused the Congolese authorities of freezing his hospital's accounts in a "discriminatory" way.

Dr. Danis who was famed for helping rape victims in Democratic Republic of Congo, decried the impacts the freeze is having on the functioning of the hospital. he said that this has blocked the payment of December wages to some 500 employees.

"We ask for the authorities to stop these discriminatory measures," he added.

The hospital, which was founded by Mukwege in 1999, specializes in treating survivors of violence in eastern DRC, where rivals who are fighting for control of vast mineral riches of the region, have used rape to inflict terror on the local population for decades now.rappppp

Mukwege last month launched an impassioned appeal to his compatriots, saying that insecurity and bad governance were keeping their resource-rich African nation in deep poverty.

"Our country is sick but, together, with our friends around the world, we can and will heal," the 59-year-old said, as he received the European Parliament's Sakharov rights prize for helping thousands of gang rape victims

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