one year after the massive rape in a prison in Lubumbashi, the


The facts took place in September 2020 in the Kasapa prison in Lubumbashi. Human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Justicia ASBL, condemn the laxity of the justice system. According to these organizations, out of fifty victims, 16 became pregnant as a result of rape, others suffered from diseases such as HIV.

as reported from Lubumbashi, Denise maheho

September 25, 2020, riots break out in Kasapa prison in Lubumbashi. The inmates try to escape. Some pavilions, including the women’s pavilion and the administrative office, were set on fire. The prison is unavailable for three days. During this time, about fifty women, including minors, are raped by prisoners.

Under his mask, a victim who preferred to remain anonymous about his trauma says: “When we saw that our dormitory was on fire, we went out and that was where we were handed over to the male prisoners. No one helped us or came to our rescue. A group of men came down on me and they raped me. The medical examinations confirm that I now have AIDS. ”

One year after this rape, the victims demand justice. But the investigations have not developed very much, laments the master Thimoté Mbuya, head of NGO Justicia who accompanies these victims: “From that time until today nothing has been done, no one has been worried and some people suspected of being perpetrators even got others are also missing from prison. ”

For the Lubumbashi prosecutor’s office, the procedure is quite advanced. Thirteen alleged perpetrators of these mass rapes were interviewed in late June. Among them ten civilians and three soldiers. Prosecutor Teddy Katumbo confirms that the request will be ready before the end of the week for an order before the Supreme Court.


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