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Gender-Based Violence Galvanized Warlords’ Foes

Sometimes, the women here said, it began with a knock on the door after dark or with a kidnapping in broad daylight. And sometimes, the gunmen who ruled this city would use a long, sharp knife to slice open the tin shacks of poor families and snatch their daughters away. The girls would return — if they returned — in the morning, sobbing and marked permanently as castoffs in a traditional Islamic society that demands virginity at marriage. Full Story

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