Zimbabwe: Women forced to flee their homes for refusing to reveal their vote

Women political activists in rural Zimbabwe told Amnesty International they have been threatened with violence and forced to flee with their children for refusing to reveal their vote to supporters of Robert Mugabe’s party during harmonized elections.  The women said they resisted instructions from Zanu-PF supporters to feign illiteracy, blindness or physical injury, which would have meant someone else marking the ballot on their behalf,  At least six women said they left home with their 12 young children after facing intimidation from village heads in Mukumbura district, Mashonaland Central Province…

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Uganda to open third refugee camp for fleeing Congolese

Uganda is to set up a new camp to cope with a influx of refugees from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the government has said. At least 100 people a day are now crossing the border to escape an upsurge in violence, Uganda’s refugee minister told the BBC. Women said they had been raped by armed militias, who broke into their homes at night and stole food and property. Up to 3,000 people have fled since DR Congo’s chaotic elections in November. Several rebel groups still operate in eastern DR Congo,…

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