Saturday, October 07, 2006

Marwa-The Young Sudanese Poet

In Sudan, the systematic rape of girls like Marwa and of women is a widely-practiced method of warfare.

In March a shaikh told the UN that, in Mornei in Western Darfur, up to 16 women per day were being raped as they went to collect water in the river bed (wadi). Women had no choice but to continue to go to collect water despite the threat of rape, because they feared that their men would be killed if they went instead.

The extent of the problem has yet to be fully established, as one refugee woman in Chad told an Amnesty International researcher in January: "women will not tell you easily if such a thing happens to them. In our culture, it is a shame, and women will hide this in their hearts so that the men do not hear about it."

Women make up a disproportionate number of internally displaced people, who have sought refuge in urban centres in the region. There they come under the control of the Janjawid and government forces and are at continued risk of sexual attacks. They also suffer chronic food shortage because of the Sudan government’s delays in allowing humanitarian access to the region. Currently only an estimated 50 per cent of internally displaced people have access to humanitarian assistanc


sabine said...

"...women will hide this in their hearts so that the men do not hear about it."

it breaks your heart, and the mind goes as usual


Buckeye, Dealer of Rare Coins said...

Alas, rape has always been a weapon of war, at least now it is something that can get those who rape indicted.

It does seem to be more of a weapon in wars in areas where rape is still the mark of shame, and 'the fault of the woman'.
Not that isn't still the attitude in more 'enlightened' societies, but in societies like Bosnia, or Sudan, the rape is one of the weapons used to break up the family, therefore contributing the the genocide.

I'm not being very coherent here, but it is a reminder of how women are still demeaned.