Widespread Rape in Darfur

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In Darfur, men are often killed or captured when they leave refugee camps to collect firewood. So the women venture out instead – and regularly fall prey to a targeted campaign of rape encouraged by the Sudanese government.

China blindly backs the Sudanese government and allows this brutality to continue. While the Chinese government basks in the glow of the Olympic Games, it is still selling Sudan weapons that enable these atrocities.

This week, our partner organization, Dream for Darfur, is highlighting China’s role in this deteriorating situation as part of their alternative “Darfur Olympics.”

Click below to help Dream for Darfur raise awareness about China’s role in violence against Darfuri women. And urge Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to take immediate action.

While China hosts the Olympic Games under the banner of peace and brotherhood, Dream for Darfur’s daily webcasts are revealing the devastation enabled by China’s weapons. Each day this week, Dream for Darfur is focusing on a different crisis facing the people of Darfur. Today, they’re turning the world’s eye to widespread sexual violence.

Sexual violence in Darfur is not just a series of random acts. It is a weapon of genocide. Peacekeepers have tried to protect women, but they have failed because they are short of resources and stretched too thin to do the job.

Show your support for Dream for Darfur’s efforts. Click below to support the Darfur Olympics and urge Secretary Rice to help protect Darfuri women.

The world cannot sit by while sexual violence rages in Darfur. Today, Dream for Darfur is speaking out against this weapon of genocide. Add your voice, and demand protection for the women of Darfur.

By Colleen Connors