A Congolese woman who was kidnapped by militants in the Democratic Republic of Congo was tied up, beaten, stripped, repeatedly raped, and forced to cook and eat human flesh, a human rights group told the United Nations Security Council.
The president of the Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development, Democratic Republic of the Congo, has spoken about the worsening security situation due to terrorism and armed militia groups operating in the country.
Julienne Lusenge referred to one Congolese woman, who after paying ransom money for the release of a family member was kidnapped, tied up, beaten, stripped naked, raped, and forced to cook and eat the human flesh of a Nande man who was killed by the Cooperative for Development of the Congo (Codeco) militia.
Ms Lusenge recounted what the kidnapped woman had said: "They pulled out his entrails and they asked me to cook them. They brought me two water containers to prepare the rest of the meal. They then fed all of the prisoners human flesh." The woman was released after several days in captivity, only to be kidnapped by a different militia group on the journey home. The members of this other group also repeatedly raped the woman.
The victim said: "Again, I was asked to cook and eat human flesh," the woman eventually managed to escape and told her story to the rights group.
Codeco is one of a number of different armed groups operating in the country that have been fighting over land and resources in Congo's mineral-rich east. Over the last 10 years, the violence has killed thousands and displaced millions.
Bintou Keita, head of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Monusco) told the security council how the security situation in the country has deteriorated due to intensified attacks against civilians.
Ms Keita said that the attacks were being carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces, the Codeco, and other armed militia operating in Ituri and North Kivu Provinces, undermining recent progress between Kinshasha and Kigali.
As the Congolese army and Monusco shifted personnel, other armed groups have attempted to take advantage of the resulting security vacuum - with more than 150 civilians killed between 28 May and 17 June, and 700,000 people displaced, she added.