Since the start of a genocidal campaign in 2003 by the Sudanese government and its allied militias in Darfur, Sudan, three million people have been displaced and tens of thousands have fled the fighting into refugee camps in neighboring Chad. There, rather than living in safety and security, many have continued to suffer sexual and physical violence.
PHR began traveling to Chad in 2004 to document the effects of the Darfur Genocide and the resulting tumultuous environment for refugees and civilians who had fled to the Chad border region. In 2009, PHR released “Nowhere to Turn: Failure to Protect, Support and Assure Justice for Darfuri Women,” a report that details the experiences of 88 Darfuri women in Chad’s Farchana refugee camp and demonstrates the long-term impact rape has had on them.
PHR continues to investigate rampant sexual assault against both Darfuri and Chadian refugees, especially as Chad experiences economic troubles.
Our field investigations into the attacks in Darfur, Sudan – conducted through extensive interviews and assessments of refugees in Chad – resulted in two other reports: “Darfur: Assault on Survival” and “The Use Of Rape As A Weapon Of War In The Conflict In Darfur, Sudan.”