Increase in sexual violence against women and girls in Darfur: report

May 22, 2024 (KAMPALA) – At least 142 cases of sexual violence against women and girls have been reported in Darfur, according to a report by the African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS).

Titled “Sudan War: Increase in Unintended Pregnancies as a Result of Sexual Violence,” the report details cases in North, South and West Darfur states.

Most of the victims were internally displaced women and girls between 12 and 40 years old. In some cases, victims were raped by armed men dressed in RSF uniforms. Many victims did not receive medical assistance due to lack of supplies and disruptions in humanitarian aid.

In El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, there have been at least 20 cases of rape and three cases of sexual harassment. The eastern neighborhoods of the city, which are under the control of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), have been especially affected.

In the town of Tawilla, at least 32 women and girls were sexually assaulted by RSF members during a three-day attack. The RSF also raided the Tawilla hospital and looted supplies, equipment and ambulances, further preventing victims from obtaining medical assistance.

In the town of Kutum, at least 29 women and girls were raped during an attack by the RSF and allied militias on June 5, 2023. The attackers also raided and looted private homes.

In El Geneina, Western Darfur, at least 30 cases of sexual violence against women and girls were reported between June 26 and August 4, 2023. The attacks occurred in several neighborhoods in the city, including Aljamarik, Altadamon, Althura and Alzuhoor.

The report highlights the devastating impact of the conflict in Darfur on women and girls. Calls on all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law and protect civilians from sexual violence. The report also calls for increased humanitarian assistance to help victims of sexual violence.

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