a year after the massive rape in a Lubumbashi prison, the trial still awaited

On September 25, 2020, riots broke 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. For three days, the prison is inaccessible. During this time, about fifty women including minors are raped by detainees.

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

A year after this rape, the victims are demanding justice. But the investigations have not progressed much, deplores Master Thimoté Mbuya, head of the NGO Justicia which accompanies these victims: “From that time until today, nothing has been done, no one has. was worried and some people suspected of being perpetrators even got out of prison, others are even missing. ”

For the Lubumbashi prosecutor’s office, the procedure is quite advanced. Thirteen alleged perpetrators of these mass rapes were interviewed at the end of June. Among them, ten civilians and three soldiers. Teddy Katumbo, public prosecutor, affirms that the request will be finished before the end of the week for an instruction before the high court.


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