Blogger, Volunteer, Activist. Another blogger friend spreading the word. A nice post at I Love My Life: WE WANT A DREAM FOR DARFUR…OUR SILENCE KILLS
I spent my day working toward Rhode Island’s event that is a part of international effort, The Dream for Darfur. Many around the planet believe that Genocide needs and deserves each of us to use our voice toward ending the Darfur Genocide. I have seen the hateful comments, on YouTube and elsewhere, written about Americans who, like myself, are working toward this end, however I, like others, do this work not because our government’s actions are just, but because we believe it is the right thing for us to do, personally.
The report stressed that the information obtained in the testimony indicated a series of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and possibly war crimes as well.
“If rape, sexual slavery or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity are committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against civilians… [they] can constitute a crime against humanity, and potentially fall within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court
Witnesses testified that several hundred armed men on horseback and camelback attacked Deribat on the morning of 26 December, joined by an aircraft and at least three vehicles. The attackers then rounded up many women and children from the town and took them to a nearby stream, where they camped and began to systematically rape the women and girls, often in front of the other captives.
One witness told UN investigators that the women were badly beaten if they did not comply. The abducted women and children were held for about a month, and some of the women became pregnant or experienced serious physical injuries as a result of the rapes in addition to the widespread psychological trauma suffered by victims. No formal medical treatment and little food were provided, and the women were forced to cook and serve food for their abductors.
So wow, that took awhile and what really does it mean? Is it going to stop?
19 July 2004 Amnesty International
No, not unless we stop it.