Burundi refugees raped across bordersFrom ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
DAR-ES-SALAAM, (CAJ News) – MEMBERS of Burundi’s ruling party’s youth league, Imbonerakure, policemen and men wearing police uniforms have repeatedly gang-raped women since a wave of political protests began in 2015.
Some rapes have been perpetrated at refugee camps in neighbouring countries.
Rights groups report many of the rapes appear to have been aimed at family members of perceived government opponents.
In a pattern of abuse in many locations and in several provinces, men armed with guns, sticks, or knives have raped women during attacks on their homes, most often at night.
Male family members, some of them members of opposition parties, were also targeted and some killed or abducted.
Survivors reported both immediate injuries and longer-term consequences, including sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies, anxiety, and depression.
Human Rights Watch said it had interviewed more than 70 rape victims in the Nduta refugee camp in western Tanzania, one of the three Tanzanian camps sheltering 140 000 Burundian refugees.
“Attackers from Burundi’s ruling party youth league tied up, brutally beat, and gang-raped women, often with their children nearby,” said Skye Wheeler, women’s rights emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch.
She said many of the women had suffered long-term physical and psychological consequences.
Last year, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza he would run for a third term, setting off a political and human rights crisis. Targeted killings and attacks by government forces and armed opposition groups have escalated.
– CAJ News
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