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Rape as an act of war- still and always.

22 Jun

It remains the same.

Originally released in, 2004..

Amnesty International's, Lives Blown Apart Women's lives and bodies — unrecognized casualties of war

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It can only be reinterated a hundred times. Almost two years later and rape is is being called a growing problem of war.

Rape is a constant , not a growing problem, of this war. Two years worth of writing about it has not changed a thing.

Rape in war 'a growing problem'

From the systematic rape of women in Bosnia, to an estimated 200,000 women raped during the battle for Bangladeshi independence in 1971, to Japanese rapes during the 1937 occupation of Nanking – the past century offers too many examples. So what motivates armed forces, whether state-backed troops or irregular militia, to attack civilian women and children? Gita Sahgal, of Amnesty International, told the BBC News website it was a mistake to think such assaults were primarily about the age-old "spoils of war", or sexual gratification. Rape is often used in ethnic conflicts as a way for attackers to perpetuate their social control and redraw ethnic boundaries, she said. "Women are seen as the reproducers and carers of the community," she said. Women were raped so they could give birth to a Serbian baby Medecins Sans Frontieres report "Therefore if one group wants to control another they often do it by impregnating women of the other community because they see it as a way of destroying the opposing community."

Rape in Darfur / Video / NYT

UN calls for global effort to tackle sexual violence in war zones

An international conference in Brussels involving participants from more than 30 countries heard horrific reports of sexual abuses in war zones worldwide.

Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, told the meeting most proposals to address the issue continued to go unfunded by donors.

Rape and sexual violence in conflict appear to be worsening and very little is being done to tackle the problem, a major UN conference has heard.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5105102.stm “The responses so far have been grossly inadequate compared to the scale of the problem,” she said. “We need political will and leadership and certainly sustained action.”

A UN report for the meeting said Bosnia and Herzegovina documented 40,000 cases of war-related rape until 1993 and up to 45,600 Kosovar Albanian women suffered similarly from 1998-99.

In Sierra Leone’s protracted conflict up to 64,000 women may have been sexually victimised and one in five of 1,500 Burundian women surveyed by the UN in 2004 reported being raped and many knew of or had witnessed rape of minors. “The stories are heartbreaking,” said Obaid. “ We must scale up the responses so women do not feel their cries for support are cries in the wilderness.”

Among incidents highlighted were a woman in Congo who found paramilitary soldiers raping her 10-month-old baby, a young woman raped by six Arab men in front of her family in Darfur, and a young ethnic minority girl repeatedly raped then burned alive by an army major in Myanmar’s Shan State.

The three-day Brussels conference, sponsored by the European Commission and Belgium, is the first ever international meeting to address the issue of sexual violence in war zones and plans to conclude with a global call to action. Obaid said the tragedy of rape was compounded when women were infected in the process with HIV.

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2 Comments

Posted by on June 22, 2006 in Bookmarks, rape, war

 

2 responses to “Rape as an act of war- still and always.

  1. Linda

    June 23, 2006 at 1:09 pm

    It is amazing yet not really surprising that rape as an act of war , although it has been around forever, is just now being addressed and at that just barely.

    Using women as tools has been done forever.

     
  2. jewelsintheashes

    June 24, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Thank you for saying it so plainly! Women have known this for years…rape terrorizes the community, not only the woman. It’s got to stop!

     

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