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Pope Francis and Putin meet at Vatican, discuss Syria, Ukraine

A day before he is scheduled to meet with Ukranian Catholic leaders, Pope Francis welcomed Russian  President Vladimir Putin Thursday, speaking with him for just under an hour about a variety of issues.

Francis and Putin, who met at the Vatican Apostolic Palace, discussed “various questions of relevance to the life of the Catholic Church in Russia,” the Vatican said in a statement, adding that they also covered “the ecological question and various themes relating to current international affairs, with particular reference to Syria, Ukraine and Venezuela.”

The pair also expressed their satisfaction at the development of bilateral relations during the “cordial discussions,” the Vatican said.

“Thank you for the time you have dedicated to me,” Putin told Francis.

“It was a very substantive, interesting discussion,” he told journalists present at the exchange of gifts in the private papal study.

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The meeting, part of Putin’s one-day visit to Rome, comes a day before Catholic leaders from Ukraine gather at the Holy See to discuss the continuing conflict there and the fallout from the schism between the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches.

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Pope Francis and Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, on the occasion of their private audience at the Vatican, Thursday, July 4. 2019. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Vatican said the aim is to lend support “in the delicate situation in which Ukraine finds itself.”

Last year, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine formally split from the Russian Orthodox Church in a schism recognized by the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians. The push for a full-fledged and independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church was bolstered by fighting in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russia-backed rebels.

Some observers believe that Putin’s visit could be a prelude to a papal visit to Russia. No pope has ever set foot in Russia, but Putin’s foreign affairs adviser said the issue wasn’t on the agenda for the visit.

Putin later met with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Fonte. The bilateral meetings will be followed by a Russia-Italy forum with Conte and Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero. Putin will also meet privately with a long-time friend, former Premier Silvio Berlusconi, before returning to Moscow.

Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini, who has made no secret of his admiration for Putin, will attend a dinner with Putin at Villa Madama. The two met face-to-face in Milan during Putin’s visit in 2014, in Salvini’s role as leader of the then-Northern League.

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Pope Francis and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of their private audience at the Vatican, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

“The League and its leader Salvini are active supporters of a restoration of full cooperation between Russia and Italy. They have spoken for a quicker abolition of anti-Russia sanctions introduced by the U.S. and EU. Here our points of view are aligned,” Putin said.

Putin has acknowledged that U.S. and European Union sanctions have cost Russia an estimated $50 billion since 2014, but he claims that the bloc’s nations have suffered even greater damage because of the restrictions.

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The Russian president, on his first visit to Italy in four years, said in written responses to Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera that Moscow didn’t want to extend countermeasures against EU sanctions to Italy, but that it couldn’t react selectively within the World Trade Organization.

Putin said that economic relations with Italy, Russia’s fifth-largest trading partner, are expanding despite the sanctions. Italian investments in Russia so far this year have reached $4.7 billion, while Russian investments in Italy in the same period were $2.7 billion.

This story is based on a report by the Associated Press.

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More than 100 civilians killed by violence outbreak in South Sudan

The world’s newest nation, South Sudan, has once again descended into a rash of fresh fighting that is said to have claimed the lives of more than 100 civilians, according to the United Nations.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said Wednesday that civilians had been “deliberately and brutally targeted” in Central Equatoria, marking a severe deterioration since a feeble peace agreement was signed between warring factions in September.

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In this photo taken Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, a young girl carries water on her head in Koythiey displaced person’s camp on the outskirts of Bentiu town in South Sudan. Six months ago planning ahead in civil war-torn South Sudan seemed impossible but now, after warring sides signed a new peace deal in September that the government vows will hold, some are starting to rebuild their lives. (AP)

At least 104 individuals have been killed in attacks, the UN noted in its latest human rights report, also underscoring that around the same number of women and girls had been raped or endured sexual violence between September and April alone. Moreover, the bloody uptick has prompted some 80,000 to flee – almost 60,000 are now displaced within the war-torn country while a further 20,000 have crossed into neighboring Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The U.N. pins the blame on government forces and fighters aligned with rebel groups – who did not formally sign on to September’s agreement – for the violent outbreak in an attempt to take control of Central Equatoria territory. In particular, the report identifies government forces as having punished those accused of rebel alliances with “sexual violence as well as looting and destroying homes, churches, schools and health centers.”

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In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 file photo, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, left, accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong, right, waves during an independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, South Sudan. (The Associated Press)

However, the UN also pointed out that compared to the peak of violence in times past, “overall, there has been a significant decrease in conflict-related violations and abuses across the country following the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) in September 2018,” with Central Equatoria has been an exception to this trend.

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The chaos of today’s South Sudan stands in stark contrast to the jubilation following a 2011 vote for independence, which came after some five decades of brutal conflict with the north – at an estimated cost of two million lives.

But within two years of independence, President Salva Kiir – an ethnic Dinka – accused his first vice president, Rick Machar, an ethnic Nuer, of plotting a coup attempt. Tensions escalated. And by the end of 2013, the world’s newest nation was enmeshed in its own horrific civil war.

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Since December 2013, South Sudan has been torn apart by bloodshed that has displaced more than one-third of the country’s 12 million population and left more than 400,000 people dead. Over half the country is battling post-traumatic stress disorder, with little in the way of mental health care.

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At least 40 killed after airstrike hits migrant detention center in Libya

An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants in the Libyan capital early Wednesday, killing at least 40 people, a health official in the country’s U.N.-supported government said.

The airstrike targeting the detention center in Tripoli’s Tajoura neighborhood also wounded 80 migrants, said Malek Merset, a Health Ministry spokesman. Merset posted photos of migrants being taken in ambulances to hospitals.

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Libyan Red Crescent workers recover migrants bodies after an airstrike at a detention center in Tajoura. (AP)

Footage circulating online and said to be from inside the migrant detention center showed blood and body parts mixed with rubble and migrants’ belongings.

The U.N. refugee agency in Libya condemned the airstrike on the detention center, which houses 616 migrants and refugees.

The Tripoli-based government blamed the self-styled Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Hifter, for the airstrike and called for the U.N. support mission in Libya to establish a fact-finding committee to investigate.

A spokesman for Hifter’s forces did not immediately answer phone calls and messages seeking comment. Local media reported the LNA had launched airstrikes against a militia camp near the detention center.

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The LNA launched an offensive against the weak Tripoli-based government in April. Hifter’s forces control much of Libya’s east and south but were dealt a significant blow last week when militias allied with the Tripoli government reclaimed the strategic town of Gharyan, about 62 miles from the capital. Gharyan had been a key LNA supply route.

Many camps for militias loosely allied with the U.N.-supported government are in Tajoura, east of the city center, and Hifter’s forces have targeted such camps with airstrikes in recent weeks. The LNA said Monday it had begun an air campaign on rival forces in Tripoli after it lost control of Gharyan.

His forces include the remnants of Gadhafi’s army as well as tribal fighters and ultra-conservative Islamists known as Salafists. They appear more like a regular army than their adversaries, with uniforms and a clear chain of command.

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Libyan Red Crescent workers recover migrants bodies after an airstrike at a detention center in Tajoura. (AP)

Hifter’s forces boast MiG fighter jets supplied by neighboring Egypt, as well as drones, attack helicopters and mine-resistant vehicles. It was not immediately clear what munitions were used in the airstrike early Wednesday.

The fighting for Tripoli has threatened to plunge Libya into another bout of violence on the scale of the 2011 conflict that ousted longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi and led to his death.

Hifter says he is determined to restore stability to the North African country. He is backed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia while his rivals, mainly Islamists, are supported by Turkey and Qatar.

His campaign against Islamic militants across Libya since 2014 won him growing international support from world leaders who say they are concerned that Libya has turned into a haven for armed groups and a major conduit for migrants bound for Europe.

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His opponents, however, view him as an aspiring autocrat and fear a return to one-man rule.

At least 6,000 migrants from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and other nations are locked in dozens of detention facilities in Libya that are run by militias accused of torture and other abuses. Most of the migrants were apprehended by European Union-funded and -trained Libyan coast guards while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe.

The detention centers have limited food and other supplies for the migrants, who made often-arduous journeys at the mercy of abusive traffickers who hold them for ransom money from families back home.

The U.N. refugee agency has said that more than 3,000 migrants are in danger because they are held in detention centers close to the front lines between Hifter’s forces and the militias allied with the Tripoli government.

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Libya became a major crossing point for migrants to Europe after the 2011 ouster and killing of Gadhafi, when the North African nation was thrown into chaos, armed militias proliferated and central authority fell apart.

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‘Look where the angel is pointing’ tip gets Vatican to open 2 tombs in decades-old disappearance of teen

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The Vatican announced on Tuesday that it will open two tombs in the centuries-old cemetery next week and test the DNA  in an attempt to solve the case of a Vatican employee’s missing teenage daughter who disappeared 36 years ago.

Emanuela Orlandi was 15-years-old when she left for a flute lesson in central Rome in 1983 and never returned home. The case received new publicity last summer when an attorney for the Orlandi family received an anonymous letter with a tip. The letter suggested that the girl might be buried at the small Teutonic Cemetery where German and Austrian nationals are buried on Vatican grounds, Reuters reported.

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“Look where the angel is pointing,” the letter said, referencing a marble statue on an angel above the German prince’s tomb, UK’s The Times reported. The angel holds a sheet bearing the words “Rest in Peace.”

Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said Tuesday the Holy See approved the Orlandi’s family’s request to reopen the two graves. Orlandi’s relatives, family attorneys and members of the Holy See will be present when the two graves are opened on July 11. The members of the families of the tombs being opened will also be at the site.

Pietro Orlandi, Emanuela’s brother, told the ANSA news agency that “After 35 years of lack of co-operation, the start of an investigation is an important breakthrough.” Members of the Orlandi family have appeared on television and spoke to newspapers for decades to demand answers.

The Italian media speculated for years over what could have happened to Orlandi. Many Italians believe she was killed in connection with the Catholic Church’s financial scandals in the 1980s given that her father was employed by the Vatican Bank, Sky News reported.

Other believe she was kidnapped in order to negotiate the freedom of a gunman jailed for trying to assassinate Pope John Paul II. After rumors spread that Orlandi’s body might be found in the grave of Enrico De Pedis, a mobster buried in Rome, his tomb was reopened in 2012, but no DNA evidence was found.

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Last year, two sets of remains were found in the basement of a building of the Vatican’s embassy in Rome. That discovery sparked speculation that the remains might belong to Orlandi and Mirella Gregori, another teenager who disappeared the same year, Reuters reported. DNA disproved that theory.

When she first vanished, authorities said her disappearance might not be related to her father’s work at the Vatican or that she could have been a victim of human trafficking. She would be 51 if found alive today.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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South African woman reunited with son six years after he disappeared and was tracked down 1,000 miles away

The pictures and footage only scratch the surface of the tale: wide smiles, and the tears of joy of a mother and her son, reunited after six years.

Six years ago, Jane Daniels, 60, from Delft, near Cape Town, South Africa, was distraught when her son, who is mentally challenged, disappeared.

When the police came up with no leads, after three years, Denzil was presumed dead, and a memorial service was held.

But two weeks ago, police in the neighboring country of Eswatini, formerly called Swaziland, carried out a routine stop and search of a man who was found rummaging through trash outside a supermarket. He gave them an address in Delft – the Daniels’ home. The Eswatini police sent a photo of Denzil to the Cape police missing persons’ unit, and Warrant Officer Michael Daniels – no relation – took it to Mrs. Daniels and asked her if she knew the man in the photo.

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Jane Daniels, a pensioner in Delft, near Cape Town, is reunited with her son Denzil after he disappeared six years ago (LAUREN ISAACS / EWN)

Officer Daniels didn’t expect the reaction he received.

“My heart is going out for her. We should help this woman, because when we brought the news to say your child is in Swaziland, she just fainted,” he said.

But Mrs. Daniels couldn’t afford to make the 2,200-mile round trip to collect her son, now 30, who was being looked after by the Eswatini police.

Fortunately, radio and multimedia journalist Lauren Isaacs of South Africa’s Eye Witness News (EWN) came to the rescue. A Delft pastor appealed to Isaacs for help, and the reporter visited the mother.

“I saw the desperation on her, and her poor circumstances.,” Isaacs told Fox News. “For three days I called businesses begging for money”.

“In 90% of missing persons cases, it doesn’t end well. It gets to us, I needed to get help for this family.”

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Mrs. Daniels couldn’t afford to make the 2,200 mile round trip to collect her son, who was being looked after by the Eswatini police, and was in distress: “I want to hug him and keep him in my arms, and tell him that every day I cried for you.” (LAUREN ISAACS / EWN)

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The reporter also called humanitarian aid group the Gift of the Givers, who not only agreed to become the main funders of the trip, but even provided the son with new clothes.

There are no direct road transport links between Eswatini and Cape Town. So Warrant Officer Daniels and a police colleague took vacation time, and used the policeman’s private car for the two-day journey to reunite mother and son at the border.

On seeing her son, Jane repeatedly hugged him and kept saying: “My son, my son, I am so happy to see you.”

Denzil for his part said he had hitchhiked to Eswatini where he made friends and did odd jobs to make a living.

“I helped people to earn some money, selling clothes and stuff like that… I missed my family.”

He later explained to News24.com: “I wasn’t actually going to Swaziland. I was in Wellington and then I moved further and further.”

He added that he now hopes to find work and act as the family’s breadwinner after his father died two years ago.

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Officer Daniels said he’d go the extra thousands of miles again in his car in a heartbeat: “People are very negative about the police, but there are good police officers who go out of their way to help the community”.

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Dog killed in swan attack at park in Ireland

A dog was reportedly killed in Ireland on Saturday by a swan who beat the pet to death with its wings.

The cocker spaniel was swimming near a group of swans and their offspring, called cygnets, in a pond at Bush Park in Dublin, The Irish Times reported. One of the swans broke away, and apparently aimed for the dog just before 11 a.m.

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“We started screaming at the swan, trying to distract it,” a man who was feeding ducks nearby said. “The poor dog didn’t realize what was going on and swam straight for the swan.”

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A dog was killed at Bushy Park in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday, local media reported. (Google)

The man told the news outlet the swan lifted up its wings and attacked the dog “with one wing and then the other.”

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“That stunned the poor thing,” he said. “Three or four more slaps and she was gone.”

The dog’s owner was extremely distraught, according to the witness and a park ranger. The dog’s body was reportedly removed from the pond using a paddle boat and net.

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Pro-Brexit lawmakers turn back on European anthem ‘Ode to Joy’ at EU Parliament opening

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Lawmakers from Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party turned their backs on the European anthem on Tuesday at the opening of the E.U. Parliament — and promising more to come if the United Kingdom doesn’t leave the bloc in October.

The Pro-Brexit lawmakers acted in unison in the parliament chamber as “Ode to Joy” was played by a jazz band as part of the chamber’s opening ceremonies.

“I’ll show respect for the anthem of any other country in the world, but not for a forced creation like this and I think we did the right thing,” Farage told Sky News after the protest.

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The E.U. says the anthem “expresses the European ideals of freedom, peace and solidarity.”

The recently-formed Brexit Party shot to success in the U.K.’s European Parliament elections in May, coming first and sending 29 MEPs to the chamber, pledging to push forward the cause of delivering the 2016 referendum in which Brits voted to leave the E.U.

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Farage took issue with remarks by President Antonio Tajani, who had warned lawmakers ahead of the anthem that: “If you listen to the anthem of another country you rise to your feet.”

“What is disrespectful is to take the ancient nation states of Europe and without asking anybody’s permission, turn it into a country because that’s what the president of the parliament called it this morning,” Farage said.

The Brexiteers weren’t the only Brits to take part in a stunt at the ceremony. The anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats appeared with yellow shirts that said “Stop Brexit” and “Bollocks to Brexit.”

Britain’s negotiations with the E.U. about its departure, scheduled for October 31, are on standstill while the ruling Conservative Party selects a new leader in the wake of Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to step down under pressure over her Brexit handling.

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The favorite to succeed her, Boris Johnson, has promised to leave the bloc in October, even if it meant leaving without a formal withdrawal agreement with the E.U.

Farage promised Tuesday, according to the Times of London, that “if we have to stay longer than that they’ll know we’re here.”

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Iran says alleged US spies might face death penalty

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Prosecutors in Iran are seeking the death penalty for several people who were arrested last year after allegedly spying on behalf of the U.S.

The suspects, accused of spying for the military and nuclear bodies, were arrested last August, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing state media.

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The Middle Eastern nation claims “tens of spies” in state bodies were taken into custody. A spokesperson reportedly said that an unclear number of suspects have been arrested in the last year, and face potential death sentences in military tribunals.

“Two of the defendants, who were not military, have received long prison terms,” the spokesperson, Gholamhossein Esmaili, added.

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Iran occasionally announces the detention of spies from foreign countries, including the U.S. and Israel.

In June, Iran state TV reported that Jalal Hajizavar, a former staff member of the Defense Military, was executed in a prison near Tehran for spying for the CIA.

The report claimed Hajizavar admitted in court that he was paid to spy for the CIA, and said the court sentenced Haizavar’s wife to 15 years in prison for her role in the espionage.

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In 2016, Iran executed a nuclear scientist convicted of spying for the U.S.

The announcement from state media comes after Iran said it surpassed its limit of low-enriched uranium stockpile that was agreed upon in the 2015 nuclear deal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Australian police arrest 3 men over alleged ISIS-linked plot: report

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Police say three men have been arrested over an alleged Islamic State group-inspired plot to attack several Sydney targets, including police and defense buildings, courts, churches and diplomatic missions.

Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney said Tuesday that a 20-year-old suspect is expected to be charged with preparing for a terrorist act and preparing to enter Afghanistan for the purpose of engaging in hostile activities on behalf of the Islamic State group. He could be sentenced to life in prison if found guilty.

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The two other suspects, a 23-year-old man and a 30-year-old man, could face sentences of up to 10 years in prison.

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Shunned Congolese refugee on raising a son born out of rape: the baby had a right to live

KAKUMA, Kenya – Under the wrath of the midday sunshine outside the strewn hut she now calls home, Nancy cradles her baby son and speaks with a kind of vehement passion tinged by deep pain.

The small boy Gulio, now one, was born out of rape. But rather than hiding in the shadows of the social stigma that has been forced upon her, 39-year-old Nancy – who hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) capital Kinshasa – is refusing to be shamed into silence.

“We are in a hopeless situation, but there is no time to worry about how to cope, my child has a lot of needs,” Nancy told Fox News. “His needs are a lot.”

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Nancy fled the DRC after being brutally raped and banished by her community. She receives support from groups like the International Committee of the Red Cross. (Fox News/Hollie McKay)

Nancy’s nightmare unraveled on March 15, 2017, when three masked assailants burst into her home. Weeks earlier, her sister had been brutally beaten and left for dead and gripped by fear, Nancy knew this time the attackers had come for her.

Her wailing three-year-old son Stephane and her oldest boy, then 14, were forced to watch helplessly as their mother was bashed black and blue. And then, she was brutally raped.

“And then I was blamed and banished by my own family and my former husband’s family,” Nancy recalled, her eyes glossed by tears. “I had no one. And for weeks all I could do was look for son.”

Nancy’s teen boy, profoundly traumatized by the onslaught and the attached cultural stigma leveled on rape victims, had run away immediately after his mom’s attack and was nowhere to be found. But with her own and young Stephane’s safety at-risk, and no one to turn to, she made the harrowing decision to flee.

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The agonizing expedition lasted more than six weeks and entailed straddling boats, hitchhiking and long walks from the DRC through Tanzania to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi – before finally making it some 450 miles north-west to the sprawling Kakuma Refugee Camp. But around midway through the treachery, Nancy started throwing up in abnormal fits and starts.

With Stephane also sick and needing medication, she eventually found a clinic and while there took a pregnancy test.

“It came back positive, I was pregnant from the rape,” Nancy said. “I was devastated. I felt confused, embarrassed.”

Yet, she noted, there was no question of whether she would keep and raise the baby with as much love as other children.

“I believe in the right to life, the baby was inside me,” Nancy advocated. “My baby had a right to live.”

Guilo was born in December 2017.

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Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya holds more than 150,000 displaced persons (Fox News/Hollie McKay)

Nonetheless, Nancy’s scarring personal plight is far from an isolated case.

Sexual violence in the DRC has become so pandemic over the last two decades that the United Nations has referred to it as the “rape capital of the world.”

Last year, Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize having devoted his life to physically mending the broken bodies of girls and women violated in the protracted unrest – having performed surgery in and provided holistic and psychological support for more than 40,000 survivors over the past twenty years.

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While it is impossible to obtain accurate statistics as so many such incidences go unreported, a 2011 study published in the American Journal of Public Health estimated that at least 48 women are raped every single hour in the DRC. Such a “weapon of war” has continued to reign with impunity, designed to decimate a woman’s identity and honor and tear through the framework of families and communities.

Along with the regrettable veil of humiliation cast over mothers, the children conceived from rape also face extreme challenges and social persecution, ostracized by communities and often viewed as enemies.

But Nancy, who once held a respected office job, remains determined to provide her young boys with as much love and guidance as possible, despite having nothing to her name, being unable to work given that she is raising two young children, and receiving little aid and moral support outside those with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

“Someday I hope I can set up a business here in the camp,” she said. “Maybe selling food and household items to other refugees.”

Yet in a small silver lining, Nancy – as a result of the ICRC in partnership with the local Kenyan Red Cross and their efforts to restore family links – was able to reconnect by phone with her oldest missing son in the DRC and learn he was safe.

“God will take care,” she whispered.

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Restoring Family Links (RFL) for those displaced around the world. (Fox News/Hollie McKay)

While Nancy knows she will likely never seek justice for what was done to her, and her family may never stop blaming and eschewing her for what endured, she remains committed to speaking out for those being victimized.

“Even here at the camp, if I see a kid being beaten by another kid I will try to have them talk it out,” she underscored.

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And along the dusty tracks cleaved between the debilitated shacks more than 180,000 mostly African refugees – who have been implicated in an ever-developing web of wars and mass human rights abuses – call home, a weather-worn sign glistens.

“An eye for an eye will only make the world blind,” the scratched sign reads. “Stop the revenge.”

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