Women protesters were beaten, raped by Sudanese soldiers in fight to oust Bashir

During the initial months of protests against Omar al-Bashir rule in Sudan the number of women in the streets outnumbered the men and top brass of the regime sent a message down to the officers to break the girls and as an aftermath the men will be broken.

Next, a systematic attempt was made to target the women by arresting those who were on the front lines in the capital city Khartoum.

According to activists the women were taken to secret detention centers and photographed them naked. The officers threatened them with sexual violence.

In the last phase of the protests when Bashir’s 30-year-old power started slipping, the soldiers assaulted more. Some of the women were beaten in public and others were dragged into the police vehicles and were raped.

Ripple-effect of abuse was seen thereafter. Husbands started divorcing the wives and fathers restricted their daughters to stay at home.

Next, a systematic attempt was made to target the women by arresting those who were on the front lines in the capital city Khartoum.

However, the women returned back to the streets and threw tear gas canisters at the military. Some managed food and drink stalls to help other protesters. They were fearless and it is estimated about 70 percent of the protesters were women. They were beaten, but they were not broken.

Finally Bashir lost and was forced out of power on April 11 and protesters are waiting for the day when military council will transfer control of Sudan to a civilian government.

The fight is not yet over.

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Paul Linus

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