Posted by: bklunk | November 12, 2006


Imagine.  Would American women feel a good deal less secure if U.S. rape laws required four witnesses to the crime?

Janjaweed children

After the Sudanese government and the Janjaweed rebel group signed a peace deal to end the conflict in Darfur. The Janjaweed rebels killed more than 200,000 people and carried out mass rape as well. After the peace deal was signed the violence and rape of women still sustained. These women have a difficult time bringing their cases to court because the need a minimum of four witnesses to prove that the rape occurred. Unfortunately the women of Darfur are left to fend for themselves and the children they give birth to aren’t given a chance in life because the moment they are born these children are known as Janjaweed children. So what is to become of these women? Will they and their children become outcasts and persecuted for a crime they did not commit?

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  1. I think that Jessica makes a really good point about the role that women play in the Genocide in Darfur. They are the victims of the violence that has continued for almost four years now. The terror tactics of the Janjaweed which include the rapings of women, is one part of the mass genocide that is taking place in Darfur. It is really disgusting that women are left helpless, without help or justice. But, one has to understand that the situation in Darfur is uncontrollable and that it is the government’s fault, because in many ways they are igniting the genocide. Although not many people will say this, one has to be blunt: the genocide in Darfur is a systematic and state supported genocide, even though they continue to deny any support for the Janjaweed. If more than 400,000 people have already been killed and thousands of women raped, obviously for people in Sudan, sadly, the question of women taking their rapists to court does not really make sense. There are no courts; there is no justice and until outside forces do not intervene to stop the genocide, then women will continue to suffer and innocent people will continue to die at the hands of the Janjaweed and the government.

  2. Yes, the situation in Darfur is horrible. They signed a peace agreement and violence and rape still continues. obviously things aren’t going to resolve. i think that the UN should intervene they should call it genocide and stop this. it obviously is not going to get better on its own. how can you sit back and let it happen. it bothers me when i keep hearing more and more bad things that are going on and Darfur and I can’t do anything about it. And the question of who is doing anything about it? goes unanswered. I agree with Suhalia it is the Sudanese governments fault. and that’s why I think that something should be done anyways despite the Sudanese government. A government like that doesn’t deserve or have the responsibility to run a country.

  3. What value does China put on human life? While the attrocities in Darfur continue, China is still pursuing its own agenda in Sudan. If the UN is going to intervene, China has to agree. Because of the veto power that China holds, it has blocked any attempt at sending in UN troops to intervene in the violence. As a result, the killings and rape continue. The flaws within the UN system are coming out in this continuing attrocity. By not allowing the UN to intervene, China is lengthening its list of human rights violantions. By allowing this type of thing to continue, China should be partially held responsible. It’s desire for oil due to increased demand is causing it to overlook the cost in terms of human lives. How many more people need to die before China chooses to reverse its way of thinking and put peoples lives over desire for some thing?

  4. I think that the only thing left to do is for other countries to put serious pressure on China to stop vetoing every resolution that comes before the UN Security Council. Pressure on trade, exports and imports, and investment might make China look at the sistuation in Darfur in a whole new light.
    If that cannot be done it might mean that the international community may need to fund the African Union in order for them to take over and stop this violence. What ever happends, it needs to happen fast and soon before the problem becomes more out of control than it already has.
    Also, you think the international community would have learned its lesson on genocide in WWII with all the problems and conflicts that came from that. If we don’t learn from history we are doomed to repeat it… appearntly we have learned absolutly nothing.

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