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    Sexual Violence Soars in Colombia

    Relatives and local residents participate in the colective funeral of 10 miners in Sardinata, Colombia, on January 28, 2011. The miners were killed when "La Preciosa" coal mine exploded on Wendsday in Corregimiento San Roque, in northeastern Colombia. Twenty one miners died and six other survived with serious injuries after an explosion ripped through La Preciosa coal mine early Wednesday in Norte de Santander department bordering Venezuela. AFP PHOTO/Guillermo Legaria (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    In the decades-long war between government fighters and drug-trade-fueled guerrillas in Colombia, one group of victims has been overlooked in the crossfire: women and girls who, according to a new Amnesty International report, are victims of “widespread and systemic” sexual violence. An AI spokeswoman said women are treated as “trophies of war” and are raped and sexually abused to punish and silence them. President Juan Manuel Santos has promised to address the issue, but human-rights groups say they have not seen any effort to stop the crimes.

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