SPECIAL SECTION: Rape and recovery in the Congo

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The Washington Times is running a weeklong expose beginning Tuesday titled “The Lost Story of the Lost Continent: How Rape Is Used as a Tool of War in Congo.” U.N. correspondent Betsy Pisik and award-winning photojournalist Mary Calvert were dispatched for six weeks to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate the causes and consequences of a rape epidemic that is destroying the social fabric of communities.

Together, they went beyond statistics to explain why the epidemic persists despite the efforts of the United Nations, the United States and myriad nongovernmental organizations. In words and photos, they also documented the victims — from small children to elderly women — the perpetrators and those who seek to heal the terrible wounds and to end the cycle of violence and impunity. Their work was funded in part by a grant Ms. Calvert obtained from the White House News Photographers Association.

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