Over 200 Women and Girls Raped in North Darfur Village by Sudanese Soldiers

A peacekeeper from the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur stands guard in El-Fasher, North Darfur, on April 28, 2014.  ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
A peacekeeper from the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur stands guard in El-Fasher, North Darfur, on April 28, 2014.
ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

More than 200 women and girls were collectively raped in their village on Friday evening, reportedly by Sudanese soldiers belonging to a military garrison south of El Fasher in North Darfur. 80 of the victims were schoolgirls, 105 were unmarried girls. The other victims were married women.

The residents of Tabit have not been able yet to transfer the wounded to other towns or medical centres. One of the elders in Tabit village told Radio Dabanga that the commander of the military garrison, located half a kilometre north of Tabit, came to the village on Friday morning, claiming that one of his soldiers went missing on Thursday evening. He gave the villagers until sunset to retrieve the missing soldier.

“We were caught by surprise when soldiers surrounded Tabit at 8 pm,” the village elder told. “They beat the people with rifle butts and chased all of the men outside the village. Then they started to rape about 200 women and girls, which lasted from Friday evening until 4 am on Saturday.

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Source: All Africa

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