16 Days Campaign 2020 - Day 10
Rape As A Weapon of War
At the end of the war in Kosovo in June 1999, women and girls, as they fled to safety, were dragged by Serbian police, paramilitaries or soldiers from the columns of refugees fleeing Kosovo and raped, sometimes repeatedly, before they were sent on their journey.
In the aftermath of war, another phase of enforced disappearances, murders and rapes began as the
Kosova Liberation Army (KLA) embarked on revenge attacks against Kosovo Serb and Romani civilians. Many survivors have never even spoken about what happened to them. Some, counselled by NGOs, are able to talk about their experience but few have spoken publicly about what they endured. They have been silenced by the deeply entrenched social stigma, which still overshadows wartime rape.