For Females of Sudan, Being Raped Is The New ‘Norm’
Filed Under: Politics, World | Posted: 06/19/2008 at 4:36PM
Comments | Region: Sudan
There have been many issues in the Darfur region of Sudan in which the international community had to wrestle with. The issue of Sudan over the years has become very chaotic. Some and many could say that Sudan is the real “blood for oil.” Sudan may become a hot button topic in the 2008 United States Presidential Elections between presumed Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and presumed GOP nominee Senator John McCain of Arizona.
In Darfur, violence, hunger, disease, displacement, and looting are commonplace. Now, there is the systematic rape of women and children. However, the United Nations (UN) relief workers can not speak out. If they do, they will be expelled by Sudan’s government. Sudan’s government has said that there is no rape in the region. According to the UN, 100 percent of women in encampments are at risk of facing abuse.
This makes things far harsh for the victims. Those that try to help the victims will end up being kicked out by the government.
“There is no rape in Darfur,” according to Humanitarian Aid Commissioner for Wester Darfur, Mohammad Hassan Awad.
Not many survivors are willing to step forward and tell their stories. Those that do come forward end up telling the most brutal stories.
“She said they removed their scarves and used it to tie them up and were taking turns to rape them. One is 13 years old; the other one is 16 years,” said UNAMID police officer, Ajayi Funmi. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. Those victims do conceive children from rape. After birth, the children are abandoned by their mothers.