Sudan

Sudan: Speak out against rape and sexual violence against women and girls in Darfur

The widespread use of rape of women and girls as young as eight in Darfur has been a horrific reality since the violence there began in 2003. Systematic rape, used to terrorize and humiliate both the victims and their families, is a crime against humanity. Currently, women and girls are being raped when they leave the relative security of refugee and internally displaced persons camps, to gather the vital commodities of firewood and water. The vast majority of these crimes are being perpetrated by the Janjaweed militias who carry out attacks with the support of and in concert with the Government of Sudan (GOS).

Though the United Nationshas tasked the International Criminal Courtto investigate and eventually try war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur,that alone will not ensure justice for these victims of rape and sexual assault.

We must act now to end the systematic use of rape.

- Join with people of conscience worldwide on December 10th, International Human Rights Day, who will gather to 'stop rape in Darfur'. For more information, visit www.globefordarfur.org.

- Write to the President and tell him to ensure that civilians in Darfur are protected.
Email President Bush at comments@whitehouse.gov.
FAX President Bush at: 202-456-2461

For more background information and a sample letter to President Bush, visit: http://www.phrusa.org/research/sudan/action_darfur.html