bbc reports on zimbabwe diamond torture camps
(Quotes from anonymous workers interviewed by the BBC; via BBC Panorama:) “They beat us 40 whips in the morning, 40 in the afternoon and 40 in the evening,” said the man, who still could not use one of his arms after the beatings and could barely walk. “They used logs to beat me here, under my feet, as I lay on the ground. They also used stones to beat my ankles.” … Women are released more quickly, often after being raped, witnesses said. “Even if someone dies there, the soldiers do not disclose, because they do not want it known,” an officer in Zimbabwe’s military told the BBC, again on condition of anonymity. Read more of the BBC report here.
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