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Top of the Morning: Robert Mugabe’s Forces Accused of Mass Rape Campaign

Top stories from DAWNS Digest.

“You cannot get away with rape as a strategy for re-election.”

A horrifying new report exposes a campaign of rape allegedly orchestrated by Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe during the 2008 elections. “All 84 women interviewed were members of the current Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, or its supporters. The evidence given to South African authorities contains the names of more than 200 alleged perpetrators linked to Zanu-PF, as well as testimony from doctors, eyewitnesses, and civil society organisations. With Zimbabwe’s general elections expected this year and Saturday’s referendum on a new constitution, fears of new political violence are growing.” (Al Jazeera http://aje.me/Ye82lx)

Humanity-Affirming Statistic of the Day: The HIV prevalence rate in Namibia’s Khomas region has fallen from 31% in 2000 to 12% today. (allAfrica http://bit.ly/YedcxT)

Mindblowing Infographic of the Day: The New England Journal of Medicine’s gallery of soon-to-be eradicated diseases. (NEJM http://bit.ly/ZrOw6G)


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