Aid Group Says More Than 100 Raped In Congo Attack

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KINSHASA, Congo — An international medical aid group says more than 100 people were raped in a recent attack in Congo’s volatile east.

Megan Hunter of Medicins Sans Frontieres said Thursday that a team in Fizi territory in South Kivu province found more than 100 victims of rapes that occurred between June 10 and 12.

She did not say who might be responsible. The aid group is working with Congolese health officials to get more information.

Rape is used by the various groups of fighters in the central African nation to intimidate, punish and control.

Eastern Congo has been wracked by violence since Rwanda’s 1994 genocide spilled conflict across the border. Hutu militias that participated in the massacres of more than 500,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus sought refuge in Congo.

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