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'Political Rapes' of 1991 Still Haunt Haitian Democracy Activists

When the men stopped beating her, the night was silent. For an instant, Immacula Deluce said, she wondered if she was dead. Then she was overwhelmed by the pain and the shame of having been raped repeatedly by three men, their faces covered by black hoods. For six months after her ordeal in 1991, she said, she roamed the streets, blinded from the beating. “When they found me in the street, I was crazy. They took me to the country and did leaf medicine for me and treated me,” said Deluce, 38, a proud, pretty woman with silver lipstick, who leads a support group for Haitian women who have been raped. Deluce and her group said the rapes were politically motivated following a 1991 military coup, the first time that President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forced into exile. He was ousted again three weeks ago. Full Story

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