Sudanese activists seek justice for mass rape victims

Sudanese activists are struggling with even documentation of mass rapes during a June 3 paramilitary crackdown on a Khartoum protest camp.

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Umit Bektas, Reuters | A mural reading: “The Revolution will go on” on a wall in Khartoum, Sudan, June 18, 2019.

 

  • Sudanese activists are struggling to document reports on behalf of mass rape victims.
  • The children and women were subjected to worst physical and sexual abuse during June 3 paramilitary crackdown on a Khartoum protest camp.
  • The crackdown has been labeled as “Ramadan massacre”.
  • Reports of mass rape started making rounds soon after the RSF crackdown on the Khartoum sit-in.
  • Approximately 100 people were killed in the crackdown.

Nahid Jabrallah was part of a sit-in outside Sudan’s army headquarters in Khartoum when the massacre started. The June 3 “Ramadan massacre” was full of blood, cried in mass rape and physical/mental wounds. Nahid now is desperately battling despair, pain, blocked Internet and phone services while trying to make peace with a fractured foot.

The women’s rights activist was with a group of protesters when members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary group born out of the Darfur conflict says that a group of armed men stormed in the sit-in protest, leading to panic.


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“They separated us into groups of men and women and they threatened to rape us. They said, ‘We will f**k you’ and things like that in a very, very bad way in the local language,” the activist recalled while speaking to an international reporting source.

“They were whipping and kicking us. I have bruises on my body, I have a crack in my foot. But they released our group because the massacre did not happen in our area. They kicked us out one-by-one and asked us to run. I managed to run for a long distance and went to a hospital where I was treated for hypertension and got painkillers. I have a crack in my foot, I have to take care, but I’m fine…maybe I’m traumatized, but I’m continuing,” she added, narrating her ideals. 

Nahid is determined to fight for justice for victims of mass rape incidents:

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Even physical pain and mental trauma cannot stop brave women like Nahid to end their fight. They are struggling day and night to demand an independent international investigation into numerous reports of mass rape during the June 3 crackdown.

“There are many testimonies and eyewitnesses of sexual violence, including gang rapes,” said Jabrallah.

“But it’s very difficult to reach people, victims feel insecure and traumatized. We need help from the international community.”

The founder of the Sima Centre for Women and Children’s Studies are facing mental harassment, threats and arrests because they are not backing down with their research on the matter. Communication is getting difficult with the Internet cut or blocked for extended periods, while the women fight there courageously, in isolation.

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