Hidden Lives - The Untold Story of Urban Refugees (8/43)

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Congolese refugee Beatrice, 27, from South Kivu, pictured in Bangkok, Thailand.<br />
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"I found myself in danger because I had a problem with the Congolese army. I used to work with an association for human rights defence. The Congolese army and the rebels were raping women and the army kept accusing the rebels, but, in fact, the Congolese army were doing it as well. One day, in March 2010, the rebels came to the village, stole a lot of things and raped the women. When they left the Congolese army came and did the same. A man called me and informed of what had happened and the next day I went to the village, heard the story, and took the women that had been raped to the hospital. I wrote down a report about what had happened and we took the report to CTLVS (Territorial Commission for the Fight against Sexual Violence). Some days after the Congolese army came to the office and threatened us. That night three soldiers of the Congolese army came to my house, they put me in handcuffs and took me to somewhere in the area, I stayed there from 3am to 8pm the next day. The beat me and they said they were going to kill me. <br />
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In April 2010, six Congolese soldiers came to my place and taped my mouth and immobilised me on the bed and told me that I had accused them of raping women and for that they were going to rape me.<br />
Then they raped me. All of them. I lost consciousness. They left me there. When I woke up I called my colleague and she told me she had been threatened as well. I was in agony, I couldn't even walk. At 5am she came to my place and took me back to my village by car. I went to a health centre because I couldn't walk on my own, my little sister and my parents were holding me up. A week later, I tried to call my colleague but her mobile wasn't ringing and so I decided to go to her place. I went there and I met her mother who told me that the Congolese army had attempted to kill her and she had to run away. <br />
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On my way home there were two men following me. They called me
Congolese refugee Beatrice, 27, from South Kivu, pictured in Bangkok, Thailand.

"I found myself in danger because I had a problem with the Congolese army. I used to work with an association for human rights defence. The Congolese army and the rebels were raping women and the army kept accusing the rebels, but, in fact, the Congolese army were doing it as well. One day, in March 2010, the rebels came to the village, stole a lot of things and raped the women. When they left...
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