Kenyan officials say some rapists believe that attacking elderly women can cure AIDS, while others think it will bring good fortune.

*A two-finger poke to the eyes, a punch to the solar plexus, a kick to the groin, then turn and run, the instructor barks.

But this is not your typical self-defense class. The trainer is an elderly Kenyan woman who is teaching her peers how to combat a spate of rape attacks targeting elderly women in the slums.

One Nairobi hospital treated 437 rape victims older than 60 last year.

In the sludge-covered alleyways of the Korogocho slum, 50 women, many of them grandmothers, have enrolled in twice-a-week self-defense classes at a run-down community center.

The women say they must rely on themselves because the police rarely patrol the dark paths that wind through the maze of iron-roofed shanties.

When suspected rapists are reported to the police, they often bribe their way to freedom, the women say.

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