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Arab Militants Raping Girls in Sudan

By July 20, 2004

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Rape is all too often used as a weapon of war because it destabilizes social groups and demoralizes the people being attacked. In Sudan, Amnesty International reports that the Arab militant group Janjaweed, backed by the Sudanese government, has been systematically kidnapping, raping, and murdering girls as young as 8 and women as old as 80.

CNN reports:

"They raped women, I saw many cases of Janjaweed raping women and girls. They are happy when they rape. They sing when they rape and they tell us that we are just slaves and that they can do with us how they wish."
"Soldiers of the Sudan government army are present during attacks by the Janjaweed and when rapes are committed, but the Sudan government has done nothing so far to stop them," Amnesty researcher Benedicte Goderiaux told a news conference.
One woman was five months pregnant when the Janjaweed abducted her and eight others during an attack in July. "After six days some of the girls were released. But the others, as young as eight years old, were kept there," she said. "Five to six men would rape us in rounds, one after the other for hours during six days every night. My husband could not forgive me after this, he disowned me."

Who are the Janjaweed? BBC reports:

The Janjaweed are pastoral and they have been hard hit by desertification, which has greatly diminished water resources and pasture in Darfur.
The African tribesmen have supplied the bulk of the fighting forces for both the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (Jem), the main rebel groups in Darfur.
By scuppering the African tribesmen, the Janjaweed are able to disrupt the two movements' recruitment drives. This fits well in the government strategy of beating the rebels militarily. The Africans of Darfur and relief agencies say that, far from stopping the Janjaweed, the government is providing them with weapons, training and uniforms.

According to Wikipedia:

The Janjaweed (also known as Janjawid or Jingaweit) is an armed militia group in Darfur, western Sudan, comprising fighters of Muslim Arab background (mainly from the Baggara tribe). Since 2003 it has been one of the principal actors in the increasingly bloody Darfur conflict, which has pitted Arabs against the black African population (also Muslim) of the region. Its name translates as "a man with a horse and a gun," although it is more usefully translated as "armed men on horseback." The Janjaweed is the successor to an earlier Arab tribal militia, the Murahilin (literally "nomads"), which had existed for many years beforehand.
[O]bservers have noted that Janjaweed attacks on the ground have often been supported by air strikes from the Sudanese air force. It has been suggested that the Sudanese government has been reluctant to rein in the militia, as it has been an effective opponent of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (Jem) and the Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA).

Are there any Muslim leaders in the Middle East who have condemned the Janjaweed? Are any Muslim leaders calling upon members of the Janjaweed to surrender to authorities and accept responsibility for their crimes?

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tegani Mohamed(1)

thanks for the opportunity, I thinks most of have written here is incurrect, due to the following reasons:
most of arab background tripe are muslims and just use their weapons to defends themselfs also they are more radikal muslims so they will not be able to do rape non arabic tripes womens.
also raping is not athing that you can do infront of every body since we are sudanese and we can not do such things because we will shame to do even normal sex in groups.
so I think from my point witnesses said that the Goverment army is apart of this process(strange for some one know alot about the tradition of the affrican and arab tripes there)

October 29, 2007 at 9:10 am
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It is all true.

December 31, 2009 at 5:34 am
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Nemat, a 21-year-old, told me that she left the camp with three friends to get firewood to cook with. In the early afternoon a group of men in uniforms caught and gang-raped her.

“They said, ‘You are black people. We want to wipe you out,’ ” Nemat recalled. After the attack, Nemat was too injured to walk, but her relatives found her and carried her back to camp on a donkey.”

It IS a race thing.

So YES, EVERYTHING stated in the article above and links is correct.

Rape can not happen in front of everybody? Well yes it can, that is why it is called GANG RAPE. Let me spell this out for the thick headed: Gang rape means when a gang of men capture a female or more, and rape her (Oh dear, better explain rape too= This is when you force somebody to have sex against their will) in front of your gang. After you are done and pulling up your pants, the next member of the gang rapes the woman, and after he is done, the next member does the same. This can continue for as long as the gang wants. They can rape her repeatedly keeping her as a slave of war or they can rape her and take her life or let her go.

Rape is a weapon many use in war. Also Arabs and Muslims.

Secondly Arabs are not protecting the non-arab tribes. On the coontrary they are committing the rapes and being racists as documented by several witnesses and victims who have survived. This is a war between the government of Sudan (mainly arab) and the non-arab tribes. The non-arab tribes are the vulnerable parties and the arabs are the bad guys.

Maybe the women, girls and people of Darfur are lying too? Everybody must be lying if an arab or muslim is accused of a crime, huh? Not very convincing.

December 31, 2009 at 5:35 am
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As it is is clear from the above comment, denial and blatant failure to acknowledge the wrongdoings of arab militia and thei silent allies i.e. the arab and middleeastern leaders, fellow muslims across the world.

No throw in the news about 1400 arab Palestinians getting killing in Gaza and you will have unleashed protest and demonstration hell.

The truth is that all of the above information regarding the conscious and merciless persecution in shape of rape and savage killing of the women and people of darfur is correct.

Everybody except the muslim media is reporting this. However the muslim media would have no trouble making a 24 hours coverage of injustice towards palestinians and arabs, and of course the infamous cartoons of the prophet.

This leads us back to one thing: The world does not seem to care and those who do care, are told they are simply wrong. Just like that. No scrutiny of the masses of information and sources, journalistic integrity og media such as CNN, BBC. I guess until Al Jazeera covers this we should just keep denying. this will work out very well for the “sisters” who get raped by their “brothers”.

In order words the blatant disregard, constant conspiracy theories of many muslims, favourism of arab media over western media rather than a balanced veiw, and the always present DENIAL, is a carte blance to rape women.

Go ahead. Rape them. Rob them of their dignity and honour. Break them down so they will either kill themselves or ask to be killed. Go ahead and rape the underage girls and children. Go ahead and stick your baton inside these women, rape them with sticks that tear apart their insides nd cause to leak urine for the remainder of their lives, rape them mercilessless because black people need to know their place: slaves of the arab.

This is what is happening in darfur. When Doctors without Borders reported that took on 500 rape cases in just 4 months, they were awarded for their honesty by being arrested. Doctors, who work pro bona with their lives at risk, are they also incorrect? Are the agents of the west, israel, US?

Amazing and I am so ashamed of being a muslim when I read such highly ignorant and blatantly biased comments simply because so many muslims are unable to see the rotting bad seeds in their community. And people who deny are every bit as guilty in these rapes and ethnic cleansing.

Allah asks a believer to speak out against injustice even he is faced with his own family, his community or any authority.

Women are being raped daily – CORRECT

Girls and children being raped – CORRECT

People of darfur being ethnically cleansed because they are non-arabs (as told to the surviving victims of rape by the arab militia and soldiers) – CORRECT

Most muslims do not bat an eye when denying and don’t care – CORRECT

The only time the muslim community and leaders speak out, is when the Sudanese leader is wanted for arrest by the International court in Haag of war crimes. They support him and refuse to respect the warrant despite the obvious and widely reported abuse by him and his militia and government soldiers – CORRECT

December 31, 2009 at 5:36 am
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Arab and middleeastern media along with muslim media will do just about anything to cover up such heinous crimes committed by other muslims – CORRECT

Afterall the girl from Qatif in Saudi Arabia who was gangraped and sentenced to 200 lashings was threatened with further punishment if she did not stop talking to the media.

The cases of Mukhtar Mai i Pakistan was put on a No-Fly list so she could not leave the country because appearently telling about rape “tarnishes” the countries “image”.

Anybody who knows about muslim socities, knows how difficult it is to talk about rape. Most people will not report it because the fear the social stigma and being a social outcast, losing their family over lost “honour” and bringing “shame” to their families. We are talking about normal educated socities. So what on earth are the chances for tribal women of Darfur? Thus the number is much higher than reported. Most are too afraid to come forward. They can not get married if they are not virgins or “impure” and this prospect is daunting.

Denial never helped anybody.

Clearly the women and people of Darfur are left to themselves. Nobody cares and their pain, agony, human suffering and affliction are simply denied.

htt p://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3613953.stm

htt p://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/25/world/us-report-on-violence-in-sudan-finds-a-pattern-of-atrocities.html

htt p://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A00EED91F3EF931A15752C1A9639C8B63

htt p://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/05/opinion/05kristof.html

htt p://www.dawn.com/2004/09/19/int8.htm

htt p://www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=55510&d=4&m=12&y=2004

December 31, 2009 at 5:39 am
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