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Protesters in Khartoum, Sudan, on May 6, 2019. (Photo by David Degner/Getty Images)

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Dozens of protesters were reportedly raped amid military crackdown in Sudan

June 14, 2019

More than 100 people were killed and 700 more were injured during an attack on pro-democracy protesters in Sudan earlier this month—and now, according to The Guardian, doctors are saying that paramilitary forces perpetrated dozens of rapes during the unrest.

The reports follow a major wave of upheaval in Sudan, where long-time President Omar al-Bashir was ousted in April after months of mass rallies, spurring the military to take power. The ruling council refused protesters’ demands for a move to civilian rule, pushing for a transitional power-sharing arrangement instead, according to The Guardian. Talks between the council and the opposition stalled, and protests continued.

The attack on protesters came when the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary group with ties to the military, according to ABC News, raided a major protest camp on June 3, opening fire on the protestors, setting fire to tents, and beating people as they tried to flee.

At least 70 people were raped during the attack, ABC News reports, citing the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors. The number is likely to be higher, however, because some victims may have avoided seeking medical care due to fear of reprisals and unrest in the city. The victims reportedly include both women and men.

The U.S. said on Wednesday that it had dispatched Donald Booth, who served as a special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan under the Obama administration, in an effort to help resolve the mounting political crisis.

Read more at The Guardian.

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