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Sudanese female activist claims to be gang-raped by security men


February 24, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – A Sudanese female activist has appeared bare-faced in a Youtube video and claimed that she was raped by three members of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

Female activist Safiya Eshaq as she appeared in video

The 24-year-old Safiya Eshaq, a member of an anti-government youth group known as Grififna, said she was kidnapped, assaulted and gang-raped by plain-clothed security men on February 13th, nearly two weeks after she participated in anti-government protests.

Small anti-government protests erupted in Khartoum in late January as a response to a campaign organized via the internet by youth groups inspired by the popular revolts convulsing the Middle East and North Africa.

The protests were swiftly crushed by the police and members of the NISS who arrested dozens in the process, some of them still detained.

“After the rallies of January 30 I felt I was being watched…and I even told my friends that there are people watching me,” Safiya said in the video.

She recounted that her abduction took place when she was in Al-Hurriyah Street in central Khartoum at a bookstore.

Eshaq was then taken by plain-clothed men and bundled off to a “small white car.” She said she was beaten and taken to a security office in North Khartoum where she was physically assaulted and interrogated on her relationship with Girifna.

She passed out when one of the security men beat her as she tried to resist his attempt to remove her cloth.

“When I woke up I found two men holding my legs and a third penetrating me,” she said.

“I was in a lot of pain…they were three taking turns on me,” she added as her face cringed in pain.

Saffiya told Reuters in an interview from the capital of south Sudan Juba, to which she fled for fears of reprisal, that she got a doctor report confirming she was raped and reported the case to the police who first tried to talk her out of reporting the incident.

"They told me it would be better for me not to continue with this and were threatening me but after I brought the doctor’s report they accepted it," she said.

"I am not a strong person but I know there are so many women who are sexually assaulted but they keep silent. I want to tell girls like me to speak out, to let the world know what kind of regime this is," she said.

Eshaq said she never returned to her home in Khartoum to avoid endangering her family.

A source from NISS denied to Reuters that their forces had anything to do with the alleged rape, saying “All the papers are falsified."

The reported rape incident sparked furious reactions in the Sudanese cyberspace, with some calling on the government to open an investigation into the case.

The Sudanese government and its allied militias have allegedly used mass rape as a weapon in their abusive counterinsurgency against rebels in the western region of Darfur, in which the UN says more than 300,000 were killed and millions displaced since the conflict broke out in 2003.

International aid organizations were expelled from Darfur for reporting rape incidents.


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  • 25 February 2011 08:14, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Shame on this statement if it is very truth,the lady still look very young
    The same statement also, one day certain southern woman who was arested because of Making beer in Khartoum said women are suffering in prison with the police raping during night hour,but the Khartoum government does not want to bring in their attention,yet they called as Islamic state,God for bid.


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    • 25 February 2011 08:29, by Kolnyang youth

      shame on president bashir ,who have encouraged his military men to raped women .


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  • 25 February 2011 08:23, by Zacchaeus

    Mr. Bashir,

    You must washout about NISS otherwise, what they have done to Safiya Eshaq is jeopardizing (Endangering) your situation in the Hague (Icc) Court.

    You will soon follow the food steps of your gone colleagues, the Egyptian and Tunsian president.

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    • 25 February 2011 08:51, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

      The three men were: Mr. Bashir who first penetrated his Penis in to her.. followed by Sam. Eto and Jallaby. If Gadddafo became the photocopy of Sadam Hissen what about Bashir? Bashir is the true copy of Sadam too. These two leaders in Africa will follow foot step of Sadam and they will end up like Sadam in Islamic festival days.
      Mr.Cibaipiath lives around.

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      • 26 February 2011 16:33, by ebonyebony

        May be there is another one from Southern Sudan police academy

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  • 25 February 2011 08:58, by Sam.Eto

    Again wasn’t this your story on the 23rd !!

    Wednesday 23 February 2011
    Sudan used sexual violence against female activists, right group says

    So you will get my same reply :

    Thats your proof - one women raped and now you accuse the government of Sudan of using rape as a weapon - and because of a you-tube video !!!

    Its a tragedy that she went through this and the persons responsible should be punished. But to accuse the government of using it systematically is pushing it too far. i.e an agenda !

    There is a rape occurring every 25 seconds in the USA according to statistics. Does that mean the US is using it as a weapon against women ?

    Because one individual perpetrated a hideous crime does not implicate the entire state. The SPLM raped and killed tens of Shulluk a few months ago. Does that mean the SPLM is ethnically cleansing the Shulluk ? http://english.aljazeera.net/video/africa/2010/12/201012237023933452.html

    How about this *****HEADLINE*****


    As many as 100 websites have issued this news - except Sudan Tribune - i wonder why? - Oh that’s right it only looks to criticism North Sudan and hide all negative news about South Sudan. ’SUDANTRIBUNE IS A NON PROFIT WEB SITE BASED IN FRANCE. ITS GOAL ARE TO PROMOTE PLURAL INFORMATION, DEMOCRATIC AND FREE DEBATE ON SUDAN.’ Yeah right what a joke.

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    • 25 February 2011 09:29, by Muhammad Osman

      Mr. Sam,

      You need to be more attentive to details!

      The story on 23 February was about claims made by a right group citing more than one case of gender-based abuse allegedly committed by Sudan security officers.

      Today’s story is about the female activist Saffiya who revealed her identity and claimed to be raped. That’s a different story!

      If you think Sudan Tribune is biased in favor of South Sudan and against north Sudan, why read it?

      Nothing really forces you to. You can read the more than 100 other websites you mentioned and leave ST.


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      • 25 February 2011 13:00, by Sam.Eto

        No you need to be more attentive ! Its the same story - ’According to the organization’s release, one female activist identified only by the letter S.E was snatched by NISS agents on 13 February and eventually raped following her interrogation which featured multiple physical and verbal abuses.

        A video appearing on the video-sharing website Youtube and seen by Sudan Tribune showed the said girl with her face completely covered in scarf sobbing as she recounted her alleged ordeal.’

        I read it to see what nonsense the website is posting about Sudan.

        First of all it should change its name to South Sudan Tribune - Then if it wants to be seen as a free website and not just a propaganda center where certain hateful elements can come and spread rubbish about my country. It should focus more on the real issues - like the break down of Southern Sudan Ha ! I will come and continue to reply to this nonsense.

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        • 25 February 2011 13:50, by Muhammad Osman

          I am sorry Mr. Sam but you still are not getting it. Let me explain this again and I hope this time you will understand.

          Today’s story is about the girl REVEALING HER IDENTITY and divulging more details about her ordeal. Go back and check the link of the video on the 23’s February story. You will find that it is a DIFFERENT video with the girl’s face "completely covered in scarf," exactly as ST put it.

          It is the same case but not the same story. This time the girl spoke about her ordeal in greater detail.

          And let me say this before you come again to peddle cheap propaganda about patriotism. This country is ours as much as it is yours. Sudan Tribune has been and will always be for all Sudanese regardless of their, race, religion or region.

          I hope we can leave the issue at that.

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          • 26 February 2011 02:55, by Sam.Eto

            I am happy to leave it at that dear Mohamed if you can answer this question.

            The 2 headlines i mentioned above were not brought up at all by this website. Yet as you can see are a major concern for many especially in the international community. I think this proves my point in term of the prejudice of this website. What’s your proof against my claim. Quote me one good new this website has shown about the North - just ONE and i would be satisfied.

            It’s very easy to claim you are free, independent and impartial - But when people read what people here right and topics brought up it becomes clear that is not the case.

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            • 26 February 2011 14:32, by Muhammad Osman

              Mr. Sam,

              I am not authorized to defend ST’s policy despite being a member of the website’s editorial team. Therefore I have no right to enter into a debate with you in this regard.

              You are entitled to think whatever you like about our editorial policy, and we welcome your criticism as long as it is conducted in a civil and respectful manner.

              All I can say is that ST’s editorial team consists of northerners and southerners alike and together as a team we try our best to render a first-hand news service that is completely free from bias or prejudice.

              The reason for my aside with you in this discussion was to prove that there was no duplication in the female activist story, that’s it.

              Best regards,

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      • 25 February 2011 13:58, by Sudani Logik

        Ya Muhammed

        Sam.Eto, is a racist, supremacist and an ignorant fool! This website, although not perfect has negative articles about South and North Sudan unlike SMC or Sudanvisiondaily among others which propagates nonsense all day about southern Sudan and Darfur but never about North Sudan’s oppressive NCP government.

        South Sudan with all its problems is far more tolerant than North Sudan has ever been. If he would at least accept the atrocities committed by his leaders and criticize others, this would be good. But all he does on this website is insult Darfuri’s and Southerners while defending the corrupt and failed government of Khartoum, he’s blinded by misplaced nationalism.

        Ironically, he thinks he’s defending his country! what a joke, lets just hope the people’s revolution hits Khartoum so that the world could see the level of corruption and systematic oppression the NCP government has adopted in ruling Sudan. Sam.Eto will show no sympathy for the victim of crime just because he feels the need to defend his country, its probably because he belongs to one of the families that benefit from the Khartoum regime. A crime is a crime irrespective of the perpetrator.

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        • 26 February 2011 03:07, by Sam.Eto

          South Sudan’s tolerance is a facade. There is a euphoria that will be short lived and soon Southerners will know what a mess they got themselves into vis-a-vis the SPLM/Dinka intolerance and domination. Again this false sense of security is only there because of the lack of coverage by websites and News outlets such as this one who chose to ignore or soften the tone on criticism and bad publicity towards the South, despite the increasing concerns about the reality of the failed South Sudanese state. These articles and quotes i mention are all from well known News organisations and papers. Why don’t you answer to them before ridiculing me for enlightening you ignoramuses with it.

          Im am not an NCP member nor do i subscribe to it. I have criticism for both sides. But the only time i am called by such obscene and rude language is when i criticise the SPLM or the South. Whos blind – you tell me !!

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  • 25 February 2011 09:01, by Sam.Eto

    Simple psychology - women, men or children who are raped go through a traumatic experience. Some are scared for life and unable to express what happened. They can barley repeat what happened to anyone, let alone go on You-tube and talk about it in detail so soon after an attack.

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  • 25 February 2011 09:28, by zol aweer

    Absolutely shameful to Bashir’s regime, how can your government do such acts to his own citizen. It is now very clear that all the NISS criminal are following the acts of their indicted leader but soon they gonna put their asses out of this country.
    Your days are numbered now that, rape cases is becoming a tool of torture for young Sudanese girls.
    The wicked will never go unpunished !!!

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  • 25 February 2011 09:51, by Namaa

    Shame on the National Congress Party who use their seat in government to rape Sudanese women

    Shame on the National Congress Party who use Brutality, Abductions and torture to Suppress Peaceful demonstrations, of the 30th Jan 2011

    Shame on the National Congress Party who use Abductions and Torture to silence Sudanese Journalists.....

    Does the NCP deny they still hoard Darfuri Activists in their Jails????

    Do they deny the Death of Mohammed Baher Eldeen around this time last year from torture in their prisons??

    Shame on this Party, Shame ............

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  • 25 February 2011 11:01, by Miamangawai

    Heeeeeeee Sam, have you heard whatever Namaa said to you the NCP followers?
    Since your mounth is very sharp than the vagina of a prostitude woman, can you answer the questions that Namaa posed?
    If I were you, I could not even open my mouth due to shame. How can the country’s watchdogs(NISS) rape a woman whom they are protecting being you are one of them. According to me, Security is for the people, by the people and in the people. It is similar to rape your own daughter at home.
    Shame on you Sam Eto.
    women were protesting against your oppression and your bad habit. Yet instead, you in turn arrest them and rape, is it true?
    You are completely son of devil including your begotten father Al-Bashir. Actually, your time is going to an end. As you are seeing women protesting against you, the whole Khartoum is going to be set on fire soon after declaration of South independence in July 2011. Because you don’t know who gave birth to you. If you need a woman, please ask her in a peaceful manner not using violence.

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    • 25 February 2011 13:02, by Sam.Eto

      Why dont you first read what i wrote M&M ! I have no shame in what i said. If you weren’t a blind, racist, hateful hypocrite you wouldnt be telling me this.

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  • 25 February 2011 11:20, by Nan dit

    This happen because the country is rule by dictator.The government employed illetrate people,they don’teven read and write.They don’t know the laws because every one in the country is a bove the laws.Let the victim remained in South Sudan for her security and may God bless the victim.

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  • 25 February 2011 15:11, by Tambura

    We should look at this kind of situation analyse it before we can start giving our opinion. The girl is well educated and member of organisation many of us don’t know what it stand for. Thousands of our girls have been suffering in northern jails even in Juba our sweet web site tribune never write about it why just this girl? Many of our women was mistreated beaten raps in Juba by our own police, security just because of their cloths. I was witness two situation SPLA MP beating two of our women out side mango night club for reason I didn’t know, and two weeks later I was passing by Juba bridge day time near by place I think it was for drinking water just near bridge at Kator side I saw 4 SPLA was beating girl so bad I couldn’t hold my self I went to them asking why they are beating the girl, the said because of her cloths when I asked them did we have shria law here in south Sudan? the next thing was me I found myself was curbed by my nick my eyes glass was taken my bag was searched they found like 1600 SP on the back they took the money my Iphone mp3 camera was taken but when they found my Norwegian Passport they stop started showing it to each others and put all my things back except money they told me to disappear from the place or I will face another situation I went near by water tanks and call my powerful friend I told him what happened to me then he send four people to come to help me and got some of money back. They found out those SPLA were there to gourd the bridge the said, and that was police job. The girl was not longer there she ran when they turned on me. If we are not going to be careful many people will come from north with this kind of story mean while we still have big one need to be fix home . We can’t fix anybody problem when we still have the same problem home. There for I am calling over our women in south Sudan to vote for me in our next election I will give the women all power because everybody can claim they fought in bush for us and bring us the country in golden plate , but the reality will remain that without our women that we mistreated them that much we could have what will call South Sudan, their voice was the one is going to make us first class citizen they voted 67% in referendum without them we still will be second class citizen in our own land. For last 50 years we fought jellaba in borders of other country we didn’t win by war, we won by peaceful negotiation. Our SPLA can’t win any war what they good at ambush people beating women the proof is Gorge Athor and LRA those are guys with guns are killing our innocent people under their watch. We are living in 21 century don’t let fake politician to fool you people vote for new generation vote for me in next election I will make you proud of your country.


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  • 25 February 2011 15:14, by Deng E. Manyuon

    I hope Ms Safiya Eshaq will find compfort, respect and security in the South if she decides to reside permanently.

    I hope she will regain her dignity and pride and overcome her pain.


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  • 26 February 2011 04:41, by taban

    Let the Arabs is rape themselves, we has enough of your bulshit.

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  • 26 February 2011 05:42, by Liberator

    Dear readers:

    What a barbaric & humane act!

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