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Russian Mercenaries Invade Military Hospital, Sexually Harrass Women In Central African Republic

Gendarmerie sources in Camp Henri Izamo said this was not the first time the Russian mercenaries had invaded the maternity ward of the infirmary and sexually assaulted women.

Some women in the Central African Republic have come forward to accuse Wagner Security Group russian mercenaries of rape.

According to the women, the russian mercenaries on the night of Saturday, April 9, forcefully entered the gendarmerie infirmary of the Henri Izamo military camp in Bangui.

Eyewitnesses said the mercenaries raped sick women in the maternity ward including some who had just been delivered of babies.

Some victims of the incident said they suffered double pains due to the rape and the fact that they were raped right inside a military camp where the soldiers who were supposed to protect them did nothing as they were being assaulted.

“On Sunday, April 10, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., three Russian mercenaries of Wagner Security in shorts with pistols and whisky in their hands, penetrated Camp Henri Izamo of the national gendarmerie,” a gendarme who was on duty that night told HumAngle on the condition of anonymity.

“On arrival, they went straight to the maternity ward where they met two women who had just given birth, a nurse and a nurse aid in their office.”

“They started indecently touching the women and signaling for sex from the two women who had just put to bed.”

The gendarme said the nurse told the Russian mercenaries as they were assaulting the women, to leave the women alone because they had just been delivered of babies and still had blood on them.

“On hearing the order from the nurse, the Russian mercenaries turned on her and tried to rape her too but she struggled to free herself, ran to the labour room and called the chief of centre who was a gendarme,” the officer revealed.

The chief of centre, according to his narration, came to the ward immediately and tried to persuade the Russians to leave the women alone but the mercenaries pretended to leave the maternity ward only to return through the back door by forcefully breaking through the window.

“As this was going on, the nurse aid who happened to be an adjudant-chef and who was still in the maternity tried to beg the Russians to be human but they turned on her and sexually abused her one after the other.”

Gendarmerie sources in Camp Henri Izamo said this was not the first time the Russian mercenaries had invaded the maternity ward of the infirmary and sexually assaulted women.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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