Faida could hear the screams of her friends nearby. They were suffering the same fate at the hands of the soldiers. Faida and her friends had been working in their families’ cassava field. No one noticed the soldiers until it was too late. Now two of Faida’s friends were dead. When one of the soldiers raised his machete to strike Faida, the commandant shouted:
“Don't kill her! She can be my wife!”
Armed soldiers guarded Faida and her friend Aciza as they trudged through the field, completely naked.
When they got to the soldiers’ camp, it started again.
“The next day the commandant and a few soldiers went looting. “As soon as he'd gone, the soldiers that were left started abusing me.”
When the commandant came back, Faida was his alone. But as soon as he was out fighting or looting, she was abused by everyone. Day after day. All day long.