Listen to the cries of the survivors

19 June 2014 | by Edward Kessler

A summit in London last week challenged assumptions about rape during war. Have religions failed women and been part of the problem? Or can they be part of the solution? “I am a victim of genocide. I am a victim of rape. I want you to hear my voice.” These words brought the proceedings of a meeting of faith and political ­leaders at the recent Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict to a halt. It was as if everyone in the room – cardinals, archbishops and imams as well as academics, politicians and the media – suddenly remembered why they had made the journey to ExCel in London. Even their advisers stopped texting and tweeting for a few minutes. Until that moment, the summit had appeared to consist mainly of a collection of worthy theological reflecti

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