The Countess of Wessex is visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo to support victims of sexual assault.
Countess of Wessex makes historic visit to Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Countess of Wessex has told rape survivors she met in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) “your voices are what is going to change things”.
Sophie – the first British royal to travel to the DRC – toured the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, South Kivu province, where pioneering and critical medical treatment is given to women who have endured brutal, conflict-related sexual violence and trauma.
The countess thanked the survivors “from the bottom of my heart” for sharing their stories, saying it was a privilege and an honour to meet them.
“It is you that inspire me to carry on with the work that I do here, and in other places of conflict around the world,” Sophie said.