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Twelve rape cases in Bir Dagig camp in one week

September 1 - 2012 SIRBA

Bir Dagig IDP camp in Sirba Locality, West Darfur registered twelve cases of rape in the last week. A camp representative told Radio Dabanga that four gunmen in military uniforms attacked three displaced persons on Sunday August 26. The displaced were working in a farm east of the camp in the Marini area when they were attacked and raped.

The camp representative said there was an eight grade schoolgirl among the victims. He added that another group of five armed men attacked three displaced persons in Rinj area when they were chopping wood. Among the victims were two girls of 15 and 16 years old.

On Tuesday August 28, militants on camels and horses attacked four displaced persons working on a farm in Sirtenmij area, east of the camp. They attacked and raped the four women, among them a breastfeeding mother with a three months old baby and a thirteen year old girl.

The witness attributed the increasing attacks on women and girls to the presence of herders (from July to November) migrating from south to north. In addition, he mentioned the lack of prosecution of perpretrators by government authorities and the absence of a UNAMID base in the Locality.

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