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This clip from Lisa Jackson’s 2008 documentary, “The Greatest Silence,” features a group of young male soldiers from the Mai Mai militia group (which was later absorbed into the Congolese army) talking openly about the acts of rape that they themselves had committed. The men discuss why they decided to do it, half-halfheartedly attempt to justify their actions, and disclose how many women they had raped over the years – seven, two, 18 and probably the more telling response: “It’s hard to keep record.” “We know it’s not a good thing, but what do you expect?” one of them asks. “We spend a long time in the bush and when we meet a woman and she will not accept us, then we must take her by force.” “Before raping them, I made sure that the women were in good health,” another one adds. “I’m just doing like everybody else,” another says.