UN says 30 women raped at Congo-Angola border

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - An international aid agency says at least 30 women were kept as prisoners in a dungeon-like structure and gang-raped over multiple weeks at the Angola border before being left in the bush without their clothes.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement Tuesday that more than 150 Congolese nationals arrived in the Bandundu province after being expelled from neighboring Angola. Congolese frequently cross the border to work as laborers in the mining districts that line the boundary between the two countries.

OCHA Spokeswoman Stefania Trassari said the men in the group were brutalized and at least 30 of the women were repeatedly raped when they were expelled in the first half of October.

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