Lisa Ling in the Congo

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In January 2005, Lisa traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to reveal what's happening to women in the middle of this war-torn nation. Lisa spoke to women in the village of Bukavu about the brutal beatings and unimaginable acts of sexual cruelty they suffered at the hands of the military.

Read the letters Congolese women sent to O, The Oprah Magazine.

For the first time, these brutalized women spoke up in hopes that the world would hear their voices and help end a war that's taken more than 4 million innocent lives.