Abby and Kyalu, Promundo US – #WhatsYourPeace?

September 21, 2015
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Living Peace: The Story of Abby and Kyalu

Abby and Kyalu were abducted by a rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2008. Abby was forced to do hard labor for the rebels while Kyalu, his wife, was raped, and had a child as a result. Once Abby was able to escape from the rebel group, he rejected Kyalu and sent her to live with her family. The film, “Living Peace: The Story of Abby and Kyalu,” recounts the couple’s journey to recovery as part of an initiative called Living Peace, led by Promundo.

The International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES), carried out in DRC by Promundo, Sonke Gender Justice and the Institut Supérieur du Lac (ISL), finds that cases like Kyalu’s are far too common: most women who were raped by strangers (armed groups or others) reported being rejected by their husbands and forced to leave their homes. The research found that men’s conflict-related trauma is a key driver of their ongoing use of violence against their partners and children, and it is alsoa source of their own urgent mental health needs.

Building on this research, Living Peace was established in 2012, and scaled up in North and South Kivu in 2015, in partnership with Institut Supérieur du Lac (ISL), Benenfance, and HEAL Africa. The initiative combines group therapy, community activism, and training of police and military to rebuild men’s peaceful, non-violent identities and relationships. Funded initially by the World Bank’s LOGiCA Trust Fund, the initiative and scale up is now supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Learn more about Promundo, Living Peace and IMAGES DRC.


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