"The Congolese military has launched an offensive to take back eastern Congo from Rwandan rebels who have lived in the region for years. The operation has won support from the United States and United Nations. But human-rights groups say it has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes and has driven up the rate of rape, with soldiers often involved."
"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Monday for Congolese youth to lead nationwide protests against massive corruption and rampant sexual violence in the country's violence-torn east.
Clinton said she would press officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo to address the issues. But she stressed that domestic outrage at graft and sexual assaults against women and girls was needed to help prod the government into action."
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