Militia Commits Mass Rape of Women in Central African Republic
According to Doctors Without Borders, militia fighters kidnapped and raped a group of women in an isolated region of the Central African Republic on Feb. 17 before releasing them. Fearing further attacks if they left their village, the victims did not report the mass rape until Mar. 2, when 10 women arrived at a hospital and sought medical care. The survivors reported that many more victims remained in their village, fearing stigmatization by their community if they identified themselves. Since 2013, Central African Republic has seen a surge in violence between rival armed groups, with an accompanying increase in sexual assaults against women.
God, for the horrifying use of rape as a weapon of war, we lament and cry out for change. Heal, somehow, the trauma these women have experienced. Empower repentance for the ones who have inflicted this deep harm. Bring peace to the Central African Republic, which for too long has endured this violence. For the victims of gender-based violence—too many to comprehend—we pray that we might see signs of hope. Change policies, change conflicts, change us, O Lord.