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Old 27 Jul 2013, 03:30 PM   #483366 / #1
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Default Genocide continues in Darfur

It is just getting less attention.

Darfur isn’t in the headlines anymore, partly because there has been a lull in the killing in recent years and partly because so much else is happening worldwide. The Sudanese government, which tends to calibrate its brutality to the degree of attention it receives, is taking advantage of the lack of scrutiny by stepping up its decade-long campaign in Darfur of mass murder, burned villages and sexual violence.

We’re at the 10-year-anniversary of the beginning of the genocide in Darfur, yet, instead of subsiding, it has been amplified this year. Just in the first five months of 2013, according to the United Nations, another 300,000 people in Darfur have been driven from their homes — and untold numbers killed or raped.

Rape happens all over the world, of course, but, for 10 years, the Sudanese government has used rape as a weapon of war to humiliate the ethnic groups that it targets. This strategy is effective because it terrifies villagers into fleeing and is so stigmatizing that women are extremely reluctant to talk about it.

Yet six brave women who are refugees from just one Darfur village, AbJaradil, were courageous enough to speak out about having been raped. They say that it is their way of fighting back.
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