Brutality of crimes in Darfur "more pronounced"

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Fatou Bensouda. UN Photo/Yubi Hoffmann

The brutality of crimes being committed in the Darfur region of Sudan is becoming more pronounced according to a senior international prosecutor.

Darfur has experienced more than a decade of instability after civil war broke out over ten years ago between rebel groups and Sudanese government forces and their allied militia.

Two million people have been forced to flee their homes.

Several individuals in Sudan, including President Omar al-Bashir have been indicted for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed during the conflict.

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda told the UN Security Council on Friday that none of the individuals have been brought to justice.

She expressed her frustration about the ongoing atrocities committed against innocent civilians in Darfur.

"It is becoming increasingly difficult for me to appear before you to update you when all I am doing is repeating the same things I have said over and over again, most of which are well known to this Council. Not only does the situation in Darfur continue to deteriorate, the brutality with which the crimes are being committed has become more pronounced. Women and girls continue to bear the brunt of sustained attacks on innocent civilians." (28")

Ms. Bensouda said the recent allegations of rape of about 200 women and girls in Tabit village in Northern Darfur should shock the Security Council into action.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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