(Medium) – Today, in the small village of Kavumu in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 18 defendants are set to go on trial for the systematic rape of 46 young children over a period of four years. The case represents a landmark step in the fight against rape in Congo, a country marked by widespread sexual violence for decades. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) — along with TRIAL International, Panzi Hospital, and a host of Congolese partners — has worked to ensure evidence as well as survivors’ testimony will come to light in an open justice proceeding.