A Congolese woman was raped, beaten and decapitated in front of a cheering crowd for serving ‘forbidden fish’ to a group of anti-government rebels, who later drank her blood.
Video of the horrible execution in Luebo in the province of Kasaï-Occidental shows a naked woman being shamed by the Kamwina Naspu militia. Though the video was filmed on April 8, the footage recently emerged on WhatsApp. A Luebo resident told France 24:
“They said she gave them beans that contained pieces of a small, local fish. 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 video shows the leader of the rebel group, Kalamba Kambangoma, grabbing the woman by the hair before other rebels force the woman to have sex with the son of her husband’s second wife, while another woman is seen whipping the pair with branches.
Following the public rape, rebels executed the duo by beheading them with machetes. They later drank their blood; some even posed with the young man’s severed head, even as onlookers were heard applauding and screaming throughout the execution. The bodies of the woman and the young man remained on display for two days before they were moved to a local cemetery.
According to Congolese researcher and consultant Anaclet Tshimbalanga, writes The Daily Mail, the Kamuina Nsapu refrain from having sex, washing themselves and eating meat, fish and other items while fighting.
According to Tshimbalanga, a specialist in Congolese customs, the woman’s death was against the 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.”