No evidence found regarding alleged mass rape in North Darfur

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South African peacekeepers prepare for a night patrol in North Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran.

A team of investigators has found no evidence regarding the mass rape that allegedly took place in the village of Tabit in Northern Darfur.

A statement to the press was released by the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on Monday.

On 5 November, the Mission expressed deep concern over media reports that around 200 women and girls were raped in a town located 45 kilometres south-West of El Fasher.

Representatives from police, military and civilian components spent several hours touring the village on Sunday and interviewing residents.

Community leaders, ordinary men and women, teachers and students were questioned to ascertain the veracity of the media reports.

The team also interviewed the local Sudanese Armed Forces Commander and village community leaders.

None of those interviewed confirmed that any incident of rape took place in Tabit on the day of that media report.

UNAMID intends to conduct further investigations and patrols in coordination with the host authorities and in accordance with the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the Government of Sudan and UNAMID.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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