Militiamen jailed 😱 in DR Congo's Kavumu for raping 40 children 👧

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A group of 11 militiamen in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been jailed for life for raping about 40 children, including at least one baby.
The girls they raped between 2013 and 2016 were aged between eight months and 12 years old.
The men's alleged leader was a local MP called Frederic Batumike. He is one of those who was jailed.
Local campaigners hailed the verdict against the men as a sign that impunity for sexual violence was ending.
"It's a strong signal to anyone who would contemplate this kind of offence," lawyer for the victims Charles Cubaka Cicura told Reuters news agency.
The verdict for what was ruled to be a crime against humanity was heard in a packed courtroom in Kavumu, in South Kivu in the east of the country.
A military tribunal ruled that the men from the Djeshi ya Yesu (Army of Jesus) militia should be "sentenced to life in prison for the crime against humanity by rape and murder".
The men were also convicted of murder, membership in a rebel movement and illegal weapons possession.
A total of 18 had been tried but two were sentenced to just one year in jail, while five were acquitted.

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