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Tamsin Greig visits the DRC with Tearfund

Actress Tamsin Greig shares her experience of visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo with Tearfund.

Written by Tamsin Greig

When I travelled to the DRC with Tearfund, I met women who'd suffered so much, a result of rape used as a weapon of conflict. One of the women I met was Anonciata, who was attacked when her village was raided. She was brutally raped and her mouth cut off.

People were too scared of the way she looked to help Anonciata. But at a hospital run by Tearfund partner Heal Africa, she was offered medical treatment and counselling, and she found hope for the future.

Anonciata's rapists had cut off her lips to silence her, but she could still talk. 'In fact she couldn't stop talking about what had happened to her', says Tamsin. 'It was the most courageous irony.

The healing process for women like Anonciata is both slow and painful, but there is hope and lives are being transformed. I want to ask everyone to get behind this work!

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Tamsin with Anonciata, a mother of four who was attacked when her village was raided

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