Mirindi Euprazi was at home with her family when the rebels attacked. They broke into her home and took all her possessions, before torturing her, her husband and their teenage children.
Then the horror began. Then they raped me in front of my husband and then they killed him too. Then they took away my three daughters. A small woman, she speaks softly and without visible emotion, but as Laurent nkunda wife sexual dysfunction describes being left naked while her house burned, she raises a hand to cover her face. Euprazi, 50, lives in the village of Ninja, in the Walungu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Laurent nkunda wife sexual dysfunction, close to Rwanda's western border.
Today, Ninja is a village almost exclusively of women and children.
Most of the husbands have been killed, either by Interahamwe - the Hutu militias responsible for the Rwandan genocide who then fled over the border into the forests of eastern Congo - or by Tutsi rebels led by General Laurent Nkunda.
Laurent nkunda wife sexual dysfunction here has been raped, some countless times. Some have been so badly injured by repeated rapes by different militias that they are barely able to Many of their children were conceived through rape.
The plight of the women of Walungu has been documented in remarkable video footage obtained by a nurse and featured in a Guardian film. Walungu is just 40 miles from Bukavu, one of a handful of regional centres where the UN, international aid agencies and journalists have been based since fighting between Nkunda's militia and Congolese troops displacedpeople in eastern Congo.
Their purpose is to protect civilians and distribute aid, but the NGOs say it is often too dangerous to venture outside the towns. In Ninja, women and children go hungry.
Humanitarian aid has not reached here, and there is no security. Leah Chishugi, a nurse now living in London,
Laurent nkunda wife sexual dysfunction to the region in September and October to take food and medicine to the villages. Chishugi grew up in Goma, just inside the Congolese border, so she knows the region well and is fluent in local languages, but after narrowly surviving the Rwandan genocide in she fled as a refugee to Britain.
Appalled by what she discovered on her return, she began to film interviews with rape survivors in villages. They
Laurent nkunda wife sexual dysfunction had no help from aid agencies, nor from the Congolese government and the UN, because this area is too dangerous for them to travel to.
She rented a car in Bukavu, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, and drove to Walungu. When the roads became impassable she walked. I imagine that many of the bodies were those of the men who had lived in the villages. I'm sure the idea is that by getting rid of the men they weaken the population, so that if they want to take full control of this territory Over the two months she interviewed approximately rape victims.
She recorded names, ages, locations of the rapes and whether the perpetrators were Tutsi or Hutu. The youngest victim was a one-year-old baby, the oldest a woman of
Laurent nkunda wife sexual dysfunction were raped in their homes, others in the forests where they gathered firewood. One year-old already had two children conceived through rape.
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Laurent nkunda wife sexual dysfunction new: Five of them raped me. I still have pain in my legs because they were so violent. Afterwards they said, 'You must not walk alone Laurent nkunda wife sexual dysfunction more. Nsimire Bachiyunjuze, 21, was 16 when she was first taken by the rebels. HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases are rife among the women who have been raped, says Chishugi.
Some of the women are bleeding all the time and there are lots of vaginal infections. I have problems with my womb, back and stomach. The rebels took my daughter and now I'm looking after my four grandchildren.
have to sleep in the church because I have no I saw women who were permanently sat on Laurent nkunda wife sexual dysfunction because since they'd been raped they hadn't stopped bleeding.
I also saw women who'd had their breasts cut off. One charity worker said the problems had persisted since shortly after the genocide. Since then these outlaws, both Hutus and Tutsis, have been committing massacres.
People sleep in the bush fearing night raids. Many die from pneumonia and malaria.
We don't yet know how many casualties there are [but] no humanitarian aid is reaching these Agencies will not go to areas where their safety cannot be guaranteed.
During the Rwandan genocide nobody spoke up for us and now I want to speak up for people who are suffering. So they need more than just food.
These people need help. On Wednesday, the court of appeal dismissed an attempt to argue that it was not safe to return failed asylum seekers to Laurent nkunda wife sexual dysfunction, and forced removals to the country may resume shortly. The Rwandan genocide took place innotas a typographical error originally said in the article above.
This has been corrected.
Leah Chishugi, who survived conflict in Rwanda, returned to her native Congo to record women's experiences. In wars, coordinated mass rape of women is increasingly
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