Djibouti women in Paris on hunger strike over alleged army rapes

Women from Djibouti lay down during a hunger strike on April 1, 2016 in Arcueil, southern Paris, to protest the rape by military men in DjiboutiNine women from Djibouti who are refugees in France entered the 13th day of a hunger strike on Wednesday over alleged rapes by soldiers in the tiny Horn of Africa country. Lying on camp beds at a women’s charity in southern Paris, four of the women said they had been raped by soldiers fighting rebels in their homeland. “I’m not starving myself for the fun of it,” said 30-year-old Fatou Ambassa, whose cousin Halima died after several soldiers allegedly raped her in 2003 when she was 16.

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