CALGARY- About a dozen members of Calgary’s Sudanese community gathered outside the Harry Hays building downtown on Tuesday to call for an investigation into the alleged rape of 200 girls in North Darfur.The protesters say local media in Sudan are reporting allegations Sudanese forces were behind the November attack and that some of the victims were as young as 8 years old. “The government is trying to cover up,” said activist Elgabir Osman. “What we are requesting is an independent impartial investigation and better protection for Darfur people.” The United Nations is currently investigating the allegations but Osman says he believes the UN is too closely tied to the government to be independent. The UN estimates 385,000 people have been forced to flee their homes since the beginning of the year when an armed conflict between the Sudanese government and several armed movements broke out.
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