Miltiamen rape three, raid South Darfur town day and night

Members of the Rapid Support Forces rape three sisters after kidnapping them in Gireida. The inhabitants are facing robberies and threats by the same troops.

Members of the Rapid Support Forces raped three sisters whom they had kidnapped from Gireida in South Darfur on Tuesday. They also beat a number of residents and robbed money and properties from them.

A witness told Radio Dabanga that the paramilitary troops drove into Birka neighbourhood, east of the grand market in Gireida, at night. They kidnapped three sisters (aged 17, 19 and 23 years) from inside their house at gunpoint. The men left with the girls to their camp north of the town, and raped them.

The source added that on Thursday night, allegedly the same Rapid Support Forces (RSF) attacked the grand market, Abuja, and the northern neighbourhood Turra, assaulting the people who live there. They robbed them of SDG800 ($133), seven televisions and eighteen mobile phones.

“A force of the Rapid Support militias came to Gireida locality a week ago, in more than 60 heavily armed vehicles, and stationed themselves near the Sudanese army's garrison north of Gireida,” the witness said.

“They have been scouring the town in broad daylight ever since, in their vehicles and carrying weapons. Items in shops are taken without paying for it, and when people do ask the men to pay, they would be beaten or face a weapon.”

In the nighttime, the RSF raid the neighbourhood and robs people at gunpoint, according to the witness.