For five days, we listened as the women of the Congo shared with us the unspeakable horrors they had experienced — personal stories of abduction, rape, and mayhem at the hands of men who use violence against women as a weapon of war. But harder still for me to hear were their accounts of a second round of abuse at the hands of those from whom they should have expected comfort and compassion — parents who rejected their own daughters after they had been impregnated in violent attacks by local militias; in-laws who laid claim to land and possessions from widows forced to watch as their husbands were killed in front of them. More than a decade of fear and...
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