Central African Republic: Survivors describe a mass rape ordeal outside Bossangoa


A mass rape has been reported in the Central African Republic (CAR) after ten survivors were taken to Bossangoa Hospital and provided emergency medical care by staff from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

The group of women arrived on 3 March at Bossangoa hospital, in western CAR. According to the women, the attack took place on 17 February near Kiriwiri, a village 56 km from Bossangoa. The 10 women said they were with a larger group in the bush, collecting water, washing clothes and tending to their crops, when men from a local armed group took them hostage. Some women managed to escape but the rest were abducted and taken to the armed group’s camp. The men raped them multiple times over the course of the day before releasing them.

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