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[Goma, Congo; August 10. Image via Getty]

Nurses at the Heal Africa clinic in Goma take a young Congolese woman back to her ward after she underwent surgery to repair serious physical damage suffered after being raped. Doctors at the Heal Africa Clinic in Goma treat women who have been sexually abused and in the majority of the cases, due to the violent and vicious nature of the attacks develop serious physical problems. While being treated at the clinic, the women stay at a transit home inside the clinic where they are treated physically and psychologically. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in what she considers a highlight of her trip to Africa will visit Goma on August 11, 2009, the war-torn east of DR Congo, where the United Nations says nearly 3,500 women have been raped since the beginning of the year. Hundreds of thousands of women have become victims of brutal rape usually perpetrated by a groups on armed men who have engaged in armed conflict in the region for almost a decade and who use rape as a weapon of war. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT -MORE IN IMAGE FORUM- (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)