A woman in the Democratic Republic of Congo was publicly raped, whipped and decapitated in front of a cheering crowd after serving ‘forbidden fish’ to a group of anti-government rebels, who later drank her blood.
Video footage of the execution in Luebo, in the province of Kasaï-Occidental, shows the naked woman being shamed in the town’s main square by a group claiming allegiance to the Kamuina Nsapu rebel movement.
While the video was filmed on April 8, 2017, the footage recently emerged after circulating on Whatsapp.
The woman being punished was accused of serving forbidden fish to rebels who visited her restaurant.In video of the woman’s execution, the leader of the rebel group, Kalamba Kambangoma, is seen grabbing the woman by the hair before she is taken to the stage to be publicly raped while a crowd of people (pictured above) watched.
‘They said she gave them beans that contained pieces of a small, local fish,’ a Luebo resident told France 24.
The resident added: ‘Convinced that she had broken their protection charms, the council of rebels led by a man named Kabata sentenced both the woman and the son of her husband’s second wife [the young man was also working there that day] to commit incest in public.’
The Kamuina Nsapu refrain from having sex, washing themselves and eating meat, fish and other items while fighting, according to Congolese researcher and consultant Anaclet Tshimbalanga.
In video of the woman’s execution, the leader of the rebel group, Kalamba Kambangoma, is seen grabbing the woman by the hair before she is taken to the stage to be publicly raped.Rebel leaders force the woman to have sex with the son of her husband’s second wife, (pictured above) and another woman is seen whipping the pair with branches.
Following the public rape, rebels executed the woman and the young man, believed to be in his 20s, by beheading them with machetes.
Several rebels drank their blood after the execution, and some even posed with the young man’s severed head, witnesses told France 24.
Onlookers can be heard applauding and screaming throughout the video. Luebo residents stayed far from the stage, witnesses said.
The bodies remained on display for two days before they were moved to a local cemetery.Tshimbalanga, a specialist in Congolese customs, said the woman’s death ‘goes completely contrary to local customs, which forbid both the death sentence and incest’.
She told France 24: ‘These cases of extreme violence are a result of drugs or, sometimes, of people getting caught up in the frenzy and excitement of bloodshed and war.’
The group of Kamuina Nsapu rebels seized Luebo, a town of 40,000, on March 31 and held it for 20 days until being ousted by the Congolese army on April 19.