Activists climb against sexual abuse

DRAKENSBERG, 22 August 2015 – eNCA’s Yusuf Omar peaks to one of the members of Climb Against Sexual Abuse as they scale the Drakensberg-Maluti Mountains. Video: eNCA
DRAKENSBERG, 22 August 2015 - Members of Climb Against Sexual Abuse and those who survived such abuse climb the Drakensberg-Maluti Mountains and eNCA’s Yusuf Omar films the experience on a handheld device. Video: eNCA
21 August 2015 - Climb Against Sexual Abuse is dedicated to empowering survivors of sexual violence and creating awareness in society by sharing survivor stories digitally through articles and short videos. Video: eNCA
At the top of the mountain, Khanyisa Hlatshwayo delivered a poem, addressed to the man who kidnapped and raped her in 2008. "Thank you for raping me," she said. Photo: eNCA / Yusuf Omar
Mobile journalism allowed Yusuf Omar to be quicker while hiking on the mountain with rape survivors and the cellphone was less intrusive for sensitive interviews. Photo: eNCA / Yusuf Omar
Florence Masetla organised the local Climb Against Sexual Abuse hike, but she struggled all day and almost didn't make it to the river. This was the group's reaction when they saw her come round the bend. Photo: eNCA / Yusuf Omar
The ‎Climb Against Sexual Abuse‬ hike almost ended when the taxi was impounded by Free State Police. The group, which included eNCA's Yusuf Omar (R) walked to Harrismith's Traffic Court to solve the problem. Photo: eNCA / Yusuf Omar
Stop the minibus taxi! Yusuf Omar does a live crossing to eNCAnews from the Northern Drakensberg on 22 August 2015 using Skype. Photo: eNCA / Yusuf Omar

MNWENI VALLEY, Drakensberg - Members of Climb Against Sexual Abuse and those who have survived such abuse climbed the Drakensberg-Maluti Mountains last weekend.

The trek symbolises the daily physical and mental challenges a survivor faces. 

The Climb Against Sexual Abuse hikers used the mountain as their metaphor -- defeating their own mental demons, and raising awareness for others to do the same.

Their aim is to conquer Everest Base Camp next year.

eNCA reporter Yusuf Omar filed this report, which was filmed and edited using an iPhone. Watch the video in the gallery above.


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