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Burundian society has long been accustomed to domestic and sexual violence. These forms of violence surged to devastating levels during the civil war that engulfed Burundi from 1993 to 2005 and much of the violence has continued in its wake. The war shattered the structure and balance of families. During the war, women and girls were raped and beaten by combating forces.
Although they have been separated for over a year Chantal's ex-boyfriend, Kamessa, has repeatedly threatened her. On October 12, he seriously beat her up and dragged her half-naked into the streets.
He shouted at her: “I will beat you up until you become disabled. I will continue to pay alimony and you shall watch over my son while being handicapped.”
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After many years of violent conflict, the men and women in Burundi are moving forward with their lives.
Still, the country's social fabric was torn apart, livelihoods have been reduced to survival, and mistrust that cropped up among citizens and lead to widespread fear are barriers to peace and prosperity.
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