Dear supporters of Darfur Women Action Group

As this Holiday season is approaching and you are all excited to meet with families and friends, the people of Darfur are deprived, not only from the minimum means of sustenance but from their beloved ones, like their mothers, daughters, sisters and brothers, with no hope for peace.

Please, take the time to stand in solidarity with your sisters in Darfur and Sudan as a whole, by making a tax deductible donation to DWAG.Your donation enables us to continue to raise our voices louder to bring their plight to the policy maker’s attention.

As you all know, the women of Darfur are still being forced to live in makeshift shelters, with continued bombing and rape being used as weapons of war. They have been and are still, suffering through unimaginable torture and brutality.

While all of this is happening, the world has looked the other way and said that it’s over. In fact, it is NOT over, and our people should decide our own fate, and that of the indicted war criminal president Omar Al Bashir. This is why, more than ever before, we need your help to make our voices heard, to say that this is far from over. At this moment, rape is still being used as a weapon of war against women in Darfur, and girls as young as three years old are being pulled from the backs of their mothers, as in the case of the girl from Kass, vast amounts of women continue to cry in silence. It is absolutely crucial that we stand up for these women, to hold the UN accountable for fulfilling its responsibilities and to call upon the US to lead the effort to protect civilians and stop the violence against girls and women in Darfur and all of Sudan.

Please donate to the Darfur Women Action Group to enable us to speak up for the suffering, by sending representatives to the UN, AU and the US governments. Your donation will raise awareness, to inform these groups that the violence and brutality are still ongoing and we demand protection and security for our people.

Speak up for the women of Darfur

In the span of the 16 days of activism on violence against women, I would like to appeal to you all to join Darfur Women Action Group to stand in solidarity with the people of Darfur and particularly women who have been through unimaginable suffering for 10 years. Educating the public and the policy makers about the current situation on the ground and the challenges that women are particularly facing, raise your voice to demand effective action from the international community to stop the violence, protect women, men and the children of Darfur and to hold the perpetrators accountable.

As of today, genocide has been going on for 10 years in Darfur. Rape has been and is still being used as a weapon of war and women remain the most affected, enduring unimaginable pain.

Stories of women being raped are constant, first when they attack the villages while they are fleeing their homes then while living in the internally displace camps and refugees camps. Darfuri refugee women continue to be vulnerable to attacks by varies actors, including Chadian solders.

Suffering for Darfuri women is doubled or tripled in most cases because of the fact that during the attacks, the janjaweed and the government army target men and boys, who are the sons and the husbands for killing then singling women out for rape that further exacerbate their suffering. .

As described by Hawa Mahamad, a mother of 6 who has survived the Arwalla Massacre and is currently living in Houston TX. “I have suffered the worst but the personal assault was less on me than witnessing 7 members of my family who were coming to my rescue being killed one after another, and the destruction of the entire village where I grew up and had a lot for me to be proud of and connected to; and further the killing of over 1000 people in one day that I have witness and continued to see it every day in my nightmares as if it happened just today”.

Do you know that there are still over 3 million people who have been forced out of their homes, and still living as refugees or IDPs, and the overwhelming majority of the populations in the camps are women and children? Can you all imagine with me how much physical and psychological pain each of these human beings has to live with? It’s a nightmare in itself.

Since 2009, the governmement of Sudan has expelled the most viable international NGOs who were not only providing adequate relief services to the needy but they were implementing programs that were very vital to the protection and survival of women. With those NGO’s completely shut down, women are left vulnerable, not only to the repeated attacks but to suffer the physical and the psychological harm and the social stigma with nowhere to turn for treatment or justice. Instead, the government has a allowed few NGOs with less capacity and later has extremely restricted their movement which has limited their access to the majority of those in need.

The United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur UNAMID is a shameful example of the UN failure, not only to protect the people of Darfur that they are there to protect but they can’t even protect themselves, as they are constantly attacked. They have not only failed to provide protection but they fail to adequately monitor the situation on the ground , verify incidents or present adequate reports. There hasn’t been systematic reporting coming out about rape or sexual violence against women and in most cases there has been a concern from our people on the ground that whatever reports are coming out, are either downplaying the numbers or overlooked the coverage of all the incidents and lack a proper reporting on violence against women that occurs every single day. UNAMID mission’s movement is completely restricted by the government of Sudan and the UN has been passive in holding the government of Sudan accountable for restricting UNAMID access .We therefore call on you to raise your voice with us to demand that the international community stop neglecting Darfur and neglecting the plight of women. These are the people who of course have voices but their voices have been oppressed and silenced. So its morally imperative that we speak up for them and give them a voice to speak for themselves.

Please join us in our series of blogs to take you with us to learn about some examples of the situations that our sisters in Darfur and Sudan continue to suffer and in most cases the world has decided to look the other way. If the world has accepted to do so, we will not and that is why we need your solidarity more than ever before to stand with us to make our voices louder.

War Criminals Gone Wild!

So Ahmed Haroun, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur was appointed to Governor of South Kordofan by the President of Sudan, Omar Bashir, who is also wanted for the same crimes, go figure! Well guess what? Ahmed is back to what he does best, killing and burning. This time in South Kordofan, and between ordering airstrikes against unarmed civilian populations and the most recent event, in which 33 women and 1 man was detained for allegedly supporting the Sudan People Liberation Movement-North, Ahmed has been a busy war criminal.

While the Government of Sudan continues an ever widening path of usurping the people of Sudan, their actions indicate what is in their hearts and any path to peace can only be viable when the intention is clearly sincere. Sadly, the only thing that remains clear is that war criminals are running wild and with total impunity in Sudan.

Names of the prisoners

The names of the 34 detainees, according to sources, are: Alradiyah Suleiman Teyyah (a basic school teacher); Amal Abdul-Fadeel Alnur (tax inspector); Afaf Madeni Nasser (from Alsabur village); Medani Nasser (the father of Afaf, from Alsabur village); Hawa Kabbara Musaid; Maha Ali; RabhaKaila (housewife); Magda Mubarak; Amal Abdel Gader (from the ministry of finance); Fatima Subahi; Mawedda Mawafy; Saia Hussein; Aisha Hussein; Fatima Makki; Sumeiyya Mirghani; Ihsan Ibrahim; Fathia Abdul Muttalib (from the ministry of health); Rasail Murad; Ahlam Abdelgader; Alyaa Musa; Zainab Musa; Amna Yusuf; Um Hussein Abu Zeid; Tayseer Abdelgader; Samya Zarrouk; Khadija Mohammed Badr (a university graduate); Aisha Humaidan; Fatima Mohamed Ali; Nazik Bashir; Heba Abdel Rahman; Riwaya Moussa; Asmahan Ramadan Makki (a medical laboratory technician); Wijdan Abraham (a broadcasting employee); and Najat Ibrahim.


Sisters Of Sudan In Headlines

Throughout this past year, the women of Darfur have suffered a continuous onslaught of rape, assault and other forms of abuse. The sad truth is that after years of ongoing tragedy, the people of Sudan are still venerable to total impunity and a lack of accountability within the judicial system. While the following headlines can only scrape the surface of the events the people of Darfur have seen this year, they are a snapshot portraying some of the things women have faced.

During these 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women let us take a little time to review the year our sisters in Sudan have faced and dig in deeper to see that next year will, at the very least, see less horrific headlines.

In Solidarity!

Woman raped east of Zalingei

January 12, 2012… for treatment. The source complained that displaced women living in insecure camps regularly suffer from repeated attacks when … to stop the violence and rape of already vulnerable women. (armed men, rape, zalingei) … Full story

Nine women raped by Abu Tira forces

February 9, 2012… (rape, southern refugees, women) … Full story

Evening news 10 February

February 10, 2012… 9 of the rapewomen in Alleit Jarallenby by elements of the forces and supported local … 425 (9 of the rape women in Alleit Jarallenby by elements of the forces and supported local … Full story

Woman raped in front of son in South Darfur

March 7, 2012… (appeals, camps, darfur, international women’s day, rape) … Full story

Two women killed in armed robbery

March 21, 2012… (armed, killed, robbery, women) … Full story

Woman stoned to death for trying to protect daughter

March 25, 2012… (gunmen, rape, women) … Full story

Two women from Armenkol camp raped by militia

April 8, 2012 Sirba, Western Darfur … Full story

Women from camp Bear Dagig raped by gunmen

April 10, 2012 Sirba, Western Darfur … Full story

Women call for end to systematic rape in Darfur

April 16, 2012 (darfur, systematic rape, women) … Full story

8 displaced women raped in South Darfur, eastern Chad camps

April 19, 2012… (Dereig, eastern Chad, rape, women) … Full story

Three militants rape woman in El Geneina

May 29, 2012… El Geneina (El Geneina, gunmen, rape) … Full story

Two displaced women raped by armed militiamen outside Kassab camp

June 22, 2012… 2012-06-22 22:31 Two displaced women from Kassab camp, near Kutum in North Darfur, were raped on Wednesday by … from the camp told Radio Dabanga that three IDP women came out of the camp on Wednesday to fetch firewood. They were then … Full story

Three women raped close to IDP camp Kindibe, West Darfur

July 1, 2012… Sun, 2012-07-01 20:34 Three women were attacked by four armed men on Saturday morning in the valley Ardeba … of Sirba, West Darfur, a witness told Radio Dabanga. The women, from the IDP camp of Kindibe, were attacked and kidnapped by a group of … Full story

Horsemen kill man and rape three women in North Darfur

July 9, 2012… and camelback. The group of five men three women were fired on by the gunmen leaving Issa dead and leading to the rape of three women. The source said they informed the police in Kabkabiya but they failed to … Full story

UN Darfur mission fears revenge attack on Hamadiya Camp

July 11, 2012… Border Guards arrested nineteen (19), raped three (3) women and injured four (4) during an attack on a camp for displaced people in … Full story

Gunmen rape 8 women in West Darfur

July 17, 2012… 20:54 The men abducted the women after threatening them at gunpoint and took them to one of the … Full story

Evening news 18 July

July 18, 2012… 19:30 Gunmen rape 8 women in West Darfur Wed, … Full story

More than 20 women and girls raped at Kassab camp

August 22, 2012… looting, North Darfur, President of the Federation of Women, pro-government militia, rape) … Full story

Two abducted women from Mornei released

August 27, 2012… (abducted women released, gunmen on horses, Mornei IDP camp, two women abducted) … Full story

Kassab camp resident raped

September 3, 2012… 21:02 (four displaced women attacked while collecting wood, Kassab Camp, rape) … Full story

Kutum area: 4 women raped and 4 injured

September 12, 2012… (Abu Tira, Adam Saleh Abaker, assault, displaced women, Kassab, Kutum, rape, SLM, SRF, UNAMID) … Full story

Gunmen rape 15 year old girl

September 23, 2012… (15 year old girl, four displaced women attacked while collecting wood, four women attacked, pro-government militia, rape, Zalingei rape) … Full story

Daily gunmen assaults in Bilel

October 2, 2012… east of Nyala, gunmen, gunmen on camels and horses, women targeted) … Full story

Attacks against women rise in Hamidiya

October 5, 2012… (attacks against women rise in hamidiya, rape) … Full story

Two women raped in East Jebel Marra

October 5, 2012… (government troops, pro-government militia, water well, women raped in east jebel marra) … Full story

Two women raped in El Geneina

October 13, 2011… Eight women raped by armed militia Four women narrowly escape rape in Mershing, S. Dafur … Full story

CRF element rapes 3-year-old girl

October 14, 2012… Sun, 2012-10-14 23:24 (3 year old girl raped, Abu Tira, Abu Tira element, armed gunmen, CRF, rape, young girl raped) … Full story

Armed group rapes two women

October 31, 2012… Wed, 2012-10-31 23:54 (2 women raped, increase in rape cases, militants rape women, Saraf Omra, wood collecting) … Full story

Pro-government gunmen ambush women in Mershing

November 7, 2012… (attempt to rape, four displaced women attacked while collecting wood, women ambushed by pro-government gunmen in Mershing) … Full story

Women questioned for supporting SPLM-N

November 12, 2012… Tue, 2012-11-13 01:50 (Women questioned for supporting SPLM-N) … Full story

33 women detained for alleged SPLM-N support

November 15, 2012… Thu, 2012-11-15 22:32 (33 women detained for alleged SPLM-N support, 34 detainees) … Full story

Armed group reportedly rapes displaced women

November 25, 2012… (Armed group reportedly rapes displaced women) … Full story

Women and Genocide in the 21st Century: A Call for Action to End the Tragedy of Darfur

It’s far from over, and a durable resolution seems more distant with the recent escalated violence in my homeland.

Today the situation in Darfur for our people is extremely dire and dangerous. As of today, Darfur has the largest number of internally displaced people in the world. In Darfur, over 3 million people have been forced out of their homes and sent to suffer long or indefinite exiles without hope of return. Hundreds of thousands have been documented crossing the border to neighboring countries, and many more have crossed without being counted in official numbers.

Rape has been used as a weapon of war and distraction, and is committed repeatedly to further terrorize the defenseless. Furthermore, government-supported outsiders have taken our lands. Sadly, for several years the United Nations has successfully downplayed and stopped adding to its official figures the total number of people killed in Darfur as the result of Al-Bashir and its allies, the Janjaweed. For more than 3 years there have been no journalists allowed in Darfur and all means of communication have been curtailed. Humanitarian access has been severely restricted, and starvation is consistently used as an insidious weapon for killing. Aid organizations and their workers have been targeted and expelled, and in most cases, they walk out in silence, fearful of government retaliation against those who remain to assist the needy. The joint United Nations African Union mission in Darfur, UNAMID, has completely failed not only to protect the vulnerable IDPs but to protect its own members. The number of attacks against peacekeepers is rising and the number of their troops killed in Darfur increases daily.

Speaking with our families on the ground every day, we hear heartbreaking tales. Between January 2012 and today, attacks against civilians have dramatically escalated and the security situation is rapidly deteriorating. As an isolated example: between August 1st and the end of September this year, the scale of the attacks staged equaled the level of 2003-2004. Just this August, the first Kassab camp and its surrounding area was attacked, approximately 25,000 displaced persons have been forced to flee again, their homes were completely burned, tens of women, men and children were killed and hundreds more have gone missing. In late September Hashaba village, in the North, was attacked by both ground and aerial bombardment and over 100 civilians were reported dead. Unfortunately, the numbers reported were very conservative because of restriction of access. This is in addition to constant bombing in and around the areas of Jebel Marra and the complete blockade of aid access. Evidence showed that almost all of these attacks have again targeted the same tribes who have been systematically targeted for elimination since the beginning of the crisis. What else can you call this? It’s genocide. The crisis in our homeland is of global magnitude and it is imperative that we continue to bring it to the attention of the world community, remind them that if it’s not in the news that doesn’t mean it’s over and that Al-Bashir is never short of more orchestrated tactics to fool the international community.

The ICC has issued two arrest warrants against Al-Bashir alone and for three other suspects for crimes committed in Darfur. It’s increasingly clear that the world has compromised justice for the victims of genocide in Darfur in exchange for a nonexistent peace. That is why today our people in the regions of Numba Mountains, Blue Nile and Abyei are forced to join the people of Darfur in their misery, while their fate is left to be decided by their own murderers. Once again, women continue to bear the most suffering living in Darfur, South Kordofan or Blue Nile

Today, after ten years, the situation for women in Darfur remains tragic. Through 2010-2012 there has been a growing concern about widespread, systematic rape and sexual violence against women and girls. Just in 2 week ago , witnesses reported to Radio Dabanga that a three year old girl had been raped in Kass, South Darfur. Recent trends show that Darfuri women are being systematically targeted in other regions of Sudan, including the capital, Khartoum. There is, in fact, an increase in violence against female civil society leaders within Sudan at large. Female civil society leaders are continuously abused for raising their concerns about the repressive laws that restrict women’s freedoms and that allow impunity for security agents to abuse women under the Popular Discipline Act of the Sudanese security laws in the capital of Sudan.

Consequently, women activists and human rights defenders have been subject to arrest and derogatory treatment by the authorities of the oppressive government of Sudan. Last year, on International Women’s Day, women activists in Khartoum gathered peacefully to protest the rape of a Darfuri student by the regime’s security agents, demanding legal reforms of the repressive laws that legalized violence against women, such as flogging. Women were flogged or beaten in public because of their choice to wear pants, after which the government authorities arrested, beat, and interrogated over forty women.

Women represent about half of any nation’s talent and human resources, and even more so during times of war. In the midst of crises during which all resources are derailed and stretched to the limit, no society can afford to sideline those resources. In Darfur, Sudan, where rape is used and stilla weapon of war, women are extremely affected .They are still oppressed and have been forced to live in silence for ten years. As of today, women represent the overwhelming majority of the IDPs and refugees in Darfur and neighboring countries.

Darfur’s women, despite being long-suffering victims of war, have demonstrated an outstanding resilience, strength and resolve to combat genocide and keep hope alive in their communities. Nevertheless, the abilities of women have not yet been utilized effectively by actors and stakeholders working to bring peace to Darfur. Their real empowerment has not been prioritized. Unless women’s issues are brought to the forefront, a sustainable end to the crisis remains unattainable.

The sad reality is that ending the crises or attaining peace in Sudan is still very far off. This is particularly inarguable in Darfur, where women are gang raped on a daily basis, in and around the IDP camps, in villages and in cities, while their violators are treated with absolute impunity.

This reality demonstrates how crucial it is that DWAG exists. Our mission is to address these issues and work with partners and stakeholders to bring these important issues to the attention of advocates and policy makers who are concerned about women’s issues; as well as to integrate women’s issues into the broader genocide advocacy and its messaging, and to help develop strategies for women’s inclusion and meaningful empowerment at all levels. This is essential in order to effectively combat violence against women and prevent genocide in the future.

We have watched how the world community has failed the people of Sudan in Darfur and the other marginalized regions, and that is why we need to step up to our responsibility, to stay on the side of truth to do all that we can to make a difference even if it is one life at a time.

I called, and many of you have answered the call, for which I am so grateful. I am empowered by the fact that I am being joined by people from all walks of life, from California to New York and within our own DC area; by students, faith leaders and the advocacy movement. Some of the same leaders who have joined us in the past continue to carry on the mission. I will confidently say that despite the frustration and the longstanding suffering of our people in Sudan, with our collective effort, ending genocide is possible

I am humbled and strengthened by those who have joined me, people like my sister and dear friend in the fight, Maria Bello (click here to read her article of support), who has travelled from LA to be with us in DC to speak for the women of Darfur; Mark Kostabi, who flew from Italy to stand in solidarity with us by using his talents to bring attention to the plight of women, along with the distinguished speakers and the Sudanese musicians who have given their time and efforts in order to raise awareness. Those of you who have sent messages of support or joined us on Twitter or liked us on Facebook, your support invaluable and indeed you are making a difference. My fellow Sudanese from all regions of Sudan, who speak from their heart and committed to work together to build strategy for sustainable change in Sudan through the their collective effort, a strategy aspiring for a just and lasting peace for all the people of Sudan

Our recent symposium (Women and genocide in the 21st century) was the first ever symposium on women and genocide which have brought a lot of energy and galvanize the support of our members for which we are very grateful. With this kind of solidarity we will continue to fight against genocide until the world understands the magnitude of the genocide and its impact on men and women, and does something to end it sustainably.

To support our effort, please join us by visiting and don’t forget to add your email to our list serv on the top right of the website, thank you!

Thank You

Dear partners and supporters of Darfur Women Action Group,

I hope you are all safe from the aftermath of Sandy storm. Our heart and prayers are with those who are affected and those lost loved ones; we ask God to grant them strength and patience and to grant speedy recovery for those who lost their homes and their services. Safe travels to those of you who were unable to travel home because of the storm.

It gives me the pleasure to express my deep appreciation to all of you for taking the time to be with us over the last weekend. A special thanks to those of you who have traveled from as far as California, Vermont, New York , New Jersey, Texas, and Florida, as well as those who are in the DC who made sacrifices to be with us. Your presence meant a lot to us and to the cause of women. It has empowered us and has further contributed to the success of our first ever symposium on Women and Genocide and gave us more energy to continue to fight for our people’s rights.

I believe our effort for movement building to confront genocide is moving forward with more confidence because of your support and dedication, without which achieving the symposium would not have been possible.

As promised, the updates from the symposium will be up on our website soon, and we will also soon share with you our strategy and upcoming action.


Niemat Ahmadi

President, Darfur Women Action Group