Thousands of homes burned – I am back from Lubero

There is nowhere that is safe in the area I visited. Villagers are being forced to flee, some for the fifth or sixth time, losing family members on the way. Women are being raped and abused. People have been looted of the few possessions they owned, and have had their houses burned to the ground – all of this is happening as we speak, but the world is looking away.

The stories I heard are heartbreaking. A woman told me how she witnessed a brutal gang rape of a neighbour by three armed men. She thinks the victim must have died afterwards. She ran away with her children, but her husband ran in another direction. She does not know where he is.

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