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Tortured by rebels in Africa, Kansas City area refugee sews her way to a new life

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Liliane Lemani’s infant daughter lay lifeless on the floor. A rebel in the Democratic Republic of Congo had slammed the child down and stomped on her tiny body.

Lemani was 23, pregnant again and herself badly beaten. She’ll never forget what she saw that night, 14 years ago, when militants burst into her home while her family slept. Three of the men raped her niece and left her for dead. Her husband was dragged from the home and beaten. Lemani and her baby hid in the house until the men found them and demanded money, jewelry, something of value.

She had none. So they snatched her baby from her arms.

Continue reading at The Kansas City Star

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