The Practice Of “War Rape” Caused Spike In HIV Infections

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“SETAF HISTORY 0004” by TSgt. Marv Krause. United States Air Force – Official Photograph – U.S. Army Africa historical image archive, U.S. Army Africa Official Image Archive. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SETAF_HISTORY_0004.JPEG#/media/File:SETAF_HISTORY_0004.JPEG

 

Reports of genocidal raping lead to the sexual assault, mutilation and murder of over 500,000 women by the Interahamwe began to spread. So devoted were the Hutus in eradicating Tutsis, even the women helped with the war rape. It was the first time such a practice became a tactic in eliminating a race of people. HIV infections spread at the time, and babies were being born to infected and assaulted mothers.

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