Militia Commits Mass Rape in Central African Republic

Militia fighters attacked, kidnapped and raped en masse a large group of women in an isolated area of Central African Republic last month, Doctors Without Borders said Thursday.

The medical charity treated 10 survivors of the Feb. 17 violence near Kiriwiri, a village in the country’s northwest.

Fearing further attacks if they tried to reach a hospital, the women were unable to seek medical treatment until about two weeks later, it said.

Many other victims remained behind, fearing that, as rape victims, they would be stigmatized in their community.

“Some were totally in shock, others paralyzed by fear or unable to talk about the incident. Some of the women had open wounds caused by blades,” said Soulemane Amoin, a midwife at the hospital in the town of Bossangoa, where the women…

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