At least 303 civilians victims of mass rapes in DR Congo: UN

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Three groups of armed militia raped at least 303 civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo between July 30 and 2 August, a UN preliminary report into the atrocities said Friday.

"At least 303 civilians were raped, in many cases multiple times," said a statement issued by the UN Joint Human Rights Office on their initial report on the violations.

"The known victims include 235 women, 52 girls, 13 men and three boys," it added.

"In addition, at least 923 houses and 42 shops were looted and 116 people were abducted in order to carry out forced labour," it said.

© 2010 AFP

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