I Ask That You Read This

Atrocities are nothing new in Africa.  The Congo region in particular has been especially hard hit.  I read a very gripping article by the New York Times that detailed that some of the most horrific rapes that I had ever heard of.  There are tragic tales of girls as young as 11 months getting gang raped by as many as five men!  The vast majority of these women are unable to seek help, and those that do find help severely lacking.

An Excerpt:

it has become the norm for armed men to use guns, knives and bayonets to rupture their victims’ bodies. Sometimes they shoot bullets up women’s vaginas. Victims often are rejected by their families, contract HIV, and are left to live in pain and shame.

In December, he operated on an 11-month-old baby raped by a 22-year-old neighbor. During one week in February, it was a 12-year-old girl who had been savagely raped by five soldiers. They stuffed a maize cob inside her.

Also treated last week was a 4-year-old whose mother sent her across the road to get something from a neighbor. She was kidnapped by soldiers and gang-raped.

The 4-year-old was infected with HIV, and they await results from a test on the 12-year-old. ”If three, four, five soldiers rape you, you are almost assured of contracting AIDS,” Kinoma says.

Please read this article:  Atrocious Rapes

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~ by jvaudio on March 17, 2009.

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