The US Africa Command has been asked by the US Department of State to assist the US government’s efforts in the DRC to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence in the DRC.
Currently, the command is planning to send a small team of specialists to the DRC to look at what is currently being done by US government and international organizations and to assess how the US military may be able to support the initiative.
Command officials note that this will be done in full coordination with and support of the US Embassy in Kinshasa and with US Agency for International Development (USAID) representatives already in the DRC, Africom reports.
USAID has the US government leadership role addressing development issues and working with nongovernmental organizations.
The Africa Command team, about four or five people will consist of military and civilian medical and engineering specialists and an Africa Command USAID advisor.
While no date has been set, the command recognizes the importance of this initiative to the US government and ensuring that US military activities complement and add value to efforts underway by other organizations.
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