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BBC har intervjuet en tidligere soldat i den sudanesiske hæren som forteller hvordan de fikk ordre om å voldta jenter under 13 år og ellers drepe kvinner og barn som ikke rakk å flykte.

Den Internasjonale Straffedomstolen, ICC, vil idag kunngjøre om Sudans president Omar Bashir skal tiltales for folkemord. Hvis eks-soldatens vitnemål er noe å gå etter, så bør svaret bli ja.

Soldaten går under navnet Khalid, han er svart afrikaner, ikke araber. Det var ikke Janjaweed-militsen han var medlem av, men den regulære hæren.

«The orders given to us were to burn the villages completely,» he says.

«We even had to poison the water wells. We were also given orders to kill all the woman and rape girls under 13 and 14.»

Khalid, who is of black African origin, says he was forcibly recruited into President Omar al-Bashir’s Sudanese army in late 2002.

He and several other men where he lived were taken to the headquarters of his regiment which was based near the north-western Darfur town of Fasher.

He admits to having taken part in seven different attacks on Darfur villages with the help of Janjaweed militia.

The first one was in the Korma area in December 2002 several months before the conflict in Darfur officially began.

He claims to have been extremely reluctant to carry out the savage orders he was given.

«When they asked me to rape the girl, I went and stood in front of her,» he said.

«Tears came into my eyes. They said: ‘You have to rape her. If you don’t we will beat you.’ I hesitated and they hit me with the butt of a rifle.

«But when I went to the girl I couldn’t do it. I took her into a corner and lay myself on top of her as if I was raping her for about 10 to 15 minutes.

«Then, I jumped up and came out. They said: ‘Did you rape her?’ I said: ‘Yes, I did’.»
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Before long, he said, he was ordered to join other brutal raids on Darfur villages.

I asked him what he was told to do with unarmed civilians who did not resist in any way.

«They told us, don’t leave anybody, just kill everybody,» he said.

«Even the children, if left behind in the huts, we had to kill them,» he said. «People would cry and run from their huts.

«Many couldn’t take all their children. If they had more than two they had to leave them behind. If you saw them you had to shoot and kill.»

Hva var begrunnelsen for å myrde kvinner og barn? Jo, det var de som ga geriljaen forsyninger og ly, var svaret. Et par av Khalids medsoldater som nektet å delta, ble skutt.

Confessions of a Sudanese deserter