Alleged mass rape in Darfur investigated by UN

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A woman living in Kassab Camp for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Kutum, North Darfur, expresses her sorrow over the increase in rapes in the area. (file photo) UN Photo/Albert González Farran

An alleged mass rape of 200 women and girls in the Sudanese region of Darfur is being investigated by the UN mission, UNAMID.

A UNAMID patrol was sent to Tabit, located 45 kilometers south-west of El Fasher, in North Darfur on Tuesday to investigate the allegations, but was turned away by Sudanese military at a checkpoint.

Stephane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"The Mission leadership is calling on authorities of the Government of Sudan to grant UNAMID's unhindered access to all Darfur, especially to areas were alleged incidents affecting civilians have been reported, in accordance with the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)."

As part of the investigation, UNAMID's Human Rights officers have met with the Chief Prosecutor of North Darfur who stated that not a single complaint about any rape incident was received from Tabit.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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