'Raped by soldiers': Zimbabwean women live in fear

A Zimbabwean rape survivor. Several women have sought help in Harare, saying they were raped by soldiers and police who have enforced a brutal crackdown to crush public unrest after violent nationwide protests on January 14 over fuel price rises. PHOTO | JEKESAI NJIKIZANA |AFP

What you need to know:

  • Justice for Women's Rights Zimbabwe, a local NGO, said it had nine confirmed cases of women from Harare's townships who have sought medical help. All were too scared to go to the police.

  • Zimbabwean authorities have promised that police will treat women with respect, saying each police station has a female-led unit to record allegations.

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