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Protest rage grows over Mugabe militia rape, torture camps

Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change yesterday vowed to escalate mass action to force President Robert Mugabe’s government to reform or leave office as new and horrifying details of young girls being held in “rape camps” emerged. A two-day national strike late last week was the biggest protest for more than two years against Mr Mugabe’s 23-year rule, closing factories, shops, banks and other businesses in protest at alleged human rights abuses and the economic decline. As the strike ended, reports emerged of rape being used as a political weapon by the youth militia and other groups allied to the country’s ruling party, said human rights workers and church groups. Investigations reveal allegations of politically motivated rape against opposition supporters. According to victims’ testimony, Mr Mugabe’s militia are also forcing young women to be their concubines. Full Story

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