Death in the Congo
From her hiding place in the woods outside the Congolese town of Bunia, Ruta Bonabingi watched as militiamen roasted and then ate the severed arms of her dying daughters. It was the horrifying finale to 48 hours of terror for Ruta and her family.
After pressing deep into the woods for two days without food and water, she thought she had finally reached safety when out of nowhere the militiamen, from the Lendu tribe, struck again.
After securing the rest of her family in another hiding place, Ruta crept back to the clearing to try to rescue the girls.
‘There were many people wounded from bullets lying on the ground,’ she said.
‘The Lendu were going about with machetes, chopping off one arm from the shoulder and then the other. Some people were screaming but most were silent. Then I saw them. Their arms had already been cut off.’
The militiamen calmly cooked the flesh over an open fire before throwing their victims, some of whom were still alive, into the flames. ‘They were both moving, although very weakly,’ Ruta said.