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Four North Darfur girls gang-raped; seven others missing

June 23 - 2016 SHANGIL TOBAYA
A girl displaced by violence in the Darfur region of Sudan (Paul Jeffrey)
A girl displaced by violence in the Darfur region of Sudan (Paul Jeffrey)

On Wednesday morning a paramilitary group raped four girls from camp Shaddad for the displaced in Shangil Tobaya, North Darfur. Seven other girls are missing.

The rape occurred near Jebel Kosbi, 10 kilometres from camp Shaddad, where a group of girls were collecting straw and firewood.

Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that four girls, two aged 15, and the others aged 13 and 16 respectively, were repeatedly raped by the men. One of them also suffered a broken hand, while others were stabbed and whipped.

Seven other girls from the group are still unaccounted for, witnesses reported. The militiamen also stole the girls’ donkeys with straw.

One of the leaders of camp Shaddad told Radio Dabanga that the incident was reported at Shangil Tobaya. The search continues for the missing girls.

He appealed to Unamid to provide protection and run patrols for the women who go out to collect firewood and straw. He also appealed for the rapists to be brought to justice.

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