Investigations into alleged mass rapes in Darfur ongoing

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Abiodun Bashua. UNAMID@PHOTO

Investigations are continuing regarding the alleged mass rapes that took place in a town in North Darfur.

A verification team was allowed into the area earlier in the week to shed light on reports that 200 women and girls were raped.

The team included members of the police, military and civilian components.

On Friday, the Acting Special Envoy of the African Union and United Nations Mission UNAMID in the country issued a statement calling for more access

Farhan Haq is the UN Deputy Spokesperson .

"The Acting Joint Special Representative of the African Union – United Nations Mission, UNAMID, Abiodun Bashua, was in Khartoum today for a meeting with the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the allegations of rape in Thabit. The Acting Joint Special Representative stressed the urgent need for UNAMID to gain independent access to Thabit to follow-up on its preliminary mission to the area on 9 November. At the same time, the Mission continues its efforts to shed further light on the reports of alleged rape and to receive unfettered access to potential witnesses and victims so that they can conduct a thorough investigation".

The Mission is also looking into local media reports alleging that villagers were detained after the incident.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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