A 30 year-old woman, married with four children. She spent three months in Nzaji, Angola. She was expelled at the end of September 2007.
It was six o’clock in the morning. I was washing myself outside the house. My husband was away. Although I am married to an Angolan, I was not spared during the expulsions. Many soldiers arrived. They told me I had to leave. I did not even have time to get dressed properly. I was taken to Dundo, where I spent two days in a pit which had been converted into a prison.
There were 58 other people in Nzaji who had also been arrested. There were men, women and children. I was alone, as I had not come to Angola with my children. They stayed in Congo during the three months I spent in Angola.
In the prison, we were given nothing to eat or drink. The soldiers took the women out to rape them. I was raped eight times by two soldiers. They took me out of the prison and they raped me. It was dark and I do not know if it was the same soldiers or not. They said they would not beat me if I lay down. I had to let them take me. The soldiers were well dressed; they had a lot of cartridges. If I had not let them do it, they would have killed me. After raping me, they put me back in prison.
Afterwards they brought us by truck to the border. They told us: ‘Now you’re going home.’ We were 327 persons, divided between two trucks. There was no problem at the border.
Since I came back here to Congo, I do not feel at ease at all. I have pain in my lower abdomen, pain in my back. My body is itching. I’ve been able to find my children again. They are well. My brother, who was also expelled, has stayed in Kamako. I have told him about the conditions of my detention. He has not told me about his. I feel safe here. I suffered too much there. They treated us like animals. In the future, I need to find a way to live on here.