Assessments and Documentation of Mass Crimes | Assessments in Darfur

PHR traveled to Chad in 2004 to document the effects of the Darfur Genocide for refugees and civilians, collecting eyewitness testimony from dozens of Darfurian refugees in neighboring Chad. We found that by eliminating access to food, water, and medicine, expelling people into inhospitable terrain and then, in many cases, blocking crucial outside assistance, the government and the Janjaweed created conditions calculated to destroy the non-Arab people of Darfur.

We called the actions genocide.

Our findings were published in the report  “Darfur: Assault on Survival;” the use of rape by the Janjaweed militias in concert with the government of Sudan is well documented in the report “The Use of Rape as a Weapon of War in the Conflict in Darfur, Sudan.” In 2009, in partnership with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, PHR produced “Nowhere to Turn: Failure to Protect, Support and Assure Justice for Darfuri Women,” documenting the scope and long-term impact of rape and other sexual violence experienced by these women.