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Tanzania: The strange and worrying rise of oil-covered rapists in Kigoma - African Arguments
Scores of women in western Tanzania have been attacked and raped in so-called Teleza attacks. The authorities are doing little to stop them. One night earlier this year, Elizabeth was asleep in her home in western Tanzania when she realised someone else was in the room. She tried to scream, but the intruder attacked her and slashed her neck. He raped her before escaping. “He broke into the house naked,” says Elizabeth*, still wearing bandages. “He’d applied oil all over his body. Therefore when you try to touch or grab him you can’t. That’s how he manages to escape. This …