Monthly Archives: February 2015

Mass Rape in Sudan

Special Prosecutor for Crimes in Darfur Mohamed and his team talk to women during an investigation into allegations of mass rape in the village of Tabit, in North DarfurIn October of last year, Sudanese army forces invaded the small town of Tabit in Darfur. Over approximately a 36 hour period, the army systematically raped and tortured over 200 women and girls, and beat and detained countless men. On February 11, 2015, Human Rights Watch released an official report, Mass Rape in Darfur, outlining the atrocities. While the government of Sudan has denied that any such events took place, scores of witnesses have since come forward detailing the events of this time.

This was taken from the report:

Witnesses told Human Rights Watch that during each of these attacks, government soldiers went house-to-house in Tabit, searching houses, looting property, severely beating residents, and raping women and girls. On the two nights, soldiers forced many of the men to outdoor locations on the outskirts of the town, leaving the women and children especially vulnerable. The soldiers detained the men en masse, and threatened and physically abused them throughout the night.

A woman in her 40s described the attack on her and her three daughters, two of whom were under the age of 11. “Immediately after they entered the room they said: ‘You killed our man. We are going to show you true hell,’” she said. “Then they started beating us. They raped my three daughters and me. Some of them were holding the girl down while another one was raping her. They did it one by one.”

Another woman said that soldiers beat her severely and dragged her out of her house. When she returned, she found that they had raped three of her daughters, all under 15. The soldiers “beat the young children and they raped my older daughters.… They put clothes in [my daughters’] mouths so that you could not hear the screaming,” she said. 

Since the attacks, the Sudanese government has blocked UN investigators from entering the town to try to prevent victims and witnesses from sharing information about the crimes. Multiple victims and witnesses reported that government officials threatened to imprison or kill anyone who spoke out about the attacks.

For more information read: http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/02/11/sudan-mass-rape-army-darfur 

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