“At around 11:30 a.m. on the morning of September 28, 2009, several hundred members of Guinea’s security forces burst into the September 28 Stadium in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, and opened fire on tens of thousands of opposition supporters peacefully gathered there. By late afternoon, at least 150 Guineans lay dead or dying in and around the stadium complex. Sexual assaults began minutes after the security forces stormed the stadium gates. Human Rights Watch researchers interviewed 28 victims of sexual violence and documented many more cases from witnesses to the assaults. Of the 28 victims, 18 had been raped by more than one perpetrator. It is not known how many women were raped. A coalition of health and Bloody Monday 8 human rights groups had, as of mid-October, identified 63 victims of sexual violence, but given the profound stigma attached to victims of sexual violence in Guinea’s conservative, largely Muslim society, it is widely believed that many women have not come forward for medical treatment or other support.” (view article here)
Immediately after the events, Guineans and the international community mobilized physicians, medical supplies, and psychologists to support the women and young girls that had been victimized. In some cases, women were evacuated to receive medical care and are currently still living abroad. September 28 brought forth the worst of actions against women, and illuminated the severe lack of support systems within the country for women and young girls who are victimized. The culture of fear and shame that prevented rape and sexual assault victims of September 28 from coming forward is unfortunately common in Guinea.
In July 2011, Guinée Espoir raised $600 to donate to a very deserving NGO called AGUIAS (Association Guinéenne des Assistantes Sociales). It was founded in 1999 and supports women and children through schooling, assistance for trafficking victims, victims of gender based violence, amongst other activities.
Supporters also signed a poster we created in order to show our continued support for women victims of the September 28 attacks.
We thank all of our supporters for this project. Without, your financial assistance, interest, and signatures, this work would not have been possible. The AGUIAS team extends its gratitude.