Kinshasa: A Congolese rights organisation informed the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that a woman had been kidnapped twice by militants in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, repeatedly raped, and forced to cook and consume human flesh.
The woman’s experience was shared with the 15-member council by Julienne Lusenge, president of the women’s rights organisation Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development (SOFEPADI), as she discussed the conflict-torn east of the Congo.
The U.N. Security Council was meeting for its routine briefing on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where escalating violence has been caused by severe fighting between the government and rebel groups since late May.
According to Lusenge, the woman was abducted by CODECO terrorists when she went to pay a ransom for another family member who had been taken hostage. The woman revealed her story to a rights group about her repeated rape and physical abuse. Besides this, she also spoke about the slitting of a man’s throat by the militants.
“They pulled out his entrails and then forced me to cook them.” They brought two water containers and asked me to prepare the rest of the meal. “They then fed all of the prisoners human flesh,” Lusenge told the Security Council, recounting the woman’s story.
Lusenge said the woman was able to leave that place after a few days, but while trying to return home, she was kidnapped by another militia group whose members did the same repeatedly raped her.
“Again I was asked to cook and eat human flesh,” the woman, who eventually escaped, told SOFEPADI.
Since late May, there has been a heavy ambush between government forces and the Kango army.
U.N. peacekeepers have been pressed into Congo for more than 20 years, and despite their presence, the situation has not changed much.