Maombi, 26 years old, lives in an IDP camp with her husband and four children. At the time of the attack against their village, she, her husband, and their youngest child were in their tent. Six men wearing military uniforms and speaking the Rwandan language Kinyarwanda tore into the tent with knives. Her husband ran away, but Maombi couldn’t get away fast enough with the child.
Inside, one attacker held a gun to her 4-year-old’s head, one pointed a gun at her, and the third raped her. They each took their turn, and said that she and her child would die if she cried. The child saw the entire sex attack.
Sometime during the attack Maombi lost consciousness. When the third of the men finished the rape, they set the tent on fire with Maombi and her child inside. Maombi survived, but with severe burns. The young child died.
“When my mind comes back, it is two weeks later," she says. "It was the time they informed me the baby died in the fire. It felt like a death I couldn’t imagine.”