Students enrolled in the Sanela Diana Jenkins Clinic on Gender Violence in Eastern Congo will help support and assess five interventions to assist villages that have suffered mass rape attacks in Eastern Congo. To facilitate its work in South Kivu province of the Eastern Congo, the Clinic has launched the Restore the Villages Project. The Restore the Villages Project takes a multi-faceted approach to diminishing the negatives consequences of mass rape in the Eastern Congo, focusing efforts on Fizi and Mwenga, both underserved territory. The Clinic and the Restore the Villages Project provide a unique and novel approach to post-rape healing in villages affected by mass rape through facilitating five forms of intervention: medical, therapeutic, economic, judicial, and spiritual.
The course begins with an introduction to the phenomenon of mass rape in Africa, and its effects on victims, their families, and village social, economic, and political life. Students will: establish a US-based 501(c)(3) organization that will support the five interventions; provide legal “housekeeping” for the organization; develop interview and survey protocols aimed at assessing effects of the interventions; receive training to prepare for interviewing and surveying victims, their families, and villagers in a conflict zone. Students will then travel to the Eastern Congo to observe and document various interventions, and to interview and survey villagers prior to or after an intervention. Following the field research, students will help assess data collected in the field, evaluate the effects of the interventions, and suggest refinements of the interventions.