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2 rape attempts in one day near North Darfur camp

April 22 - 2013 KUTUM

Female residents of North Darfur’s Kassab camp were victims of two different rape attempts made by “pro-government militias” on Sunday.

The first successful attempt occurred when the victim was returning home after shopping in Kutum.

Sources said she was blindfolded by “Abbala” militias who raped her while in custody until she was freed on Monday.

In the second occasion, Abbala gunmen ambushed a group of five women -three elders and two of their daughters- who were collecting firewood north of Kassab. 

The young victims managed to escape the ambush and the attackers, claiming the older women were “not good for raping”, decided to beat them instead, a source told Radio Dabanga.

They were assaulted with rifle butts, and whips, besides being kicked, slapped and verbally abused, a Kassab source said.

An activist pointed out to the increasing amount of attacks against displaced persons, “especially against women”, in the past weeks.

He is urging UNAMID and authorities to protect the displaced and arrest perpetrators.  

Military uniforms

On Saturday, armed militias “wearing military uniforms severely beat” five displaced who were collecting firewood in Kutum locality.

One of the victims said the displaced reside in the Al Jeer and Mattar districts in Kabkabiya. Three of them are Yahiya Abdul Rahman Brado, Musa Munga Jam and Mohamed Adam.

The source called upon the UN and “act immediately” and protect the displaced against assaults.

File photo: women collecting firewood

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