Singer and activist Miriam Makeba will visit rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo during a four-day visit there.
Makeba arrived in Kinshasa yesterday and will visit small farming projects designed to help rape victims feed their families and increase self-reliance.
Makeba said: "The Democratic Republic of the Congo faces a triple tragedy of physical, psychological and social damage, undermining the country's attempts to improve living conditions."
Makeba, who is a United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) ambassador, said support for women was crucial for the nation's improvement amid fragile peace.
The seeds, tools and agricultural training used on the farms were provided by the FAO.
Makeba described the systematic rape of women in recent years as the "most horrifying feature of the complex emergency" in the country.
"Women guarantee the survival of 80 percent of the households in DRC yet, despite their crucial role in the family, they are frequently victims to rape and sexual violence," she said. - Sapa