The Gospel of indifference: rape as a weapon of war and the church in Rwanda and Sudan.




Gafford, Lindsay D.

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Over the past two decades the global community has witnessed multiple genocides in which rape was/is used as a primary tactic of war and ethnic cleansing. In response, several organizations have established themselves as places of refuge and healing for victims of wartime rape, and the use of rape as a weapon is now considered a crime against humanity. However, a religious response to the victims of wartime and genocidal rape is noticeably absent. This thesis examines the role of religion and use of wartime rape in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and the current genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, as well as the response to victims of wartime rape by members of the religious groups involved, particularly local churches. These two case studies demonstrate that whether perpetrator or victim in the conflict, the response of the church to victims of wartime rape is the same—silence.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 65-69).


Rape as a Weapon of War --- Rwanda., Rape as a Weapon of War --- Sudan --- Darfur., Rape -- Religious aspects., Genocide --- Rwanda -- History -- 20th century., Genocide --- Sudan --- Darfur., Rwanda -- Religion -- 20th century., Sudan --- Darfur -- Religion -- 21st century.