Mia Farrow: Congo civilians need urgent protection

GENEVA (AP) -- Actress Mia Farrow, just back from Congo, says the rape of women and girls there is "one of the worst situations" she's ever encountered.

After returning from a trip to the African nation on behalf of the U.N. Children's Fund, Farrow today appealed to the world to stop the atrocities.

Farrow says she met with refugees in eastern Congo and promised to tell their stories.

In her words, "the atrocities against women and children are massive and could scarcely be more brutal or barbaric."

The army and rebel groups have been fighting since August and both sides have been accused of committing atrocities against civilians.

Farrow says a woman told her that in one camp, soldiers come every day to rape women and girls as young as 1 year old.

She says parents are too fearful to even send their children to school.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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