Tried for girls’ rape

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KINSHASHA: Eigh­teen mem­bers of a Con­golese mili­tia were on trial in the town of Kavuma yes­ter­day for rap­ing more than 40 girls, some of them just ba­bies, be­liev­ing sex with vir­gins could pro­tect them from bul­lets.

The men are also ac­cused of mur­der­ing sev­eral peo­ple, in­clud­ing a Ger­man engi­neer who was work­ing in the re­gion.

Since 2013, over 40 chil­dren un­der the age of 12, some as young as 18 months, have been raped near Kavumu. – dpa

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