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Rape and sexual assault are becoming a common occurrence in War-torn South Sudan. Thousands of refugee women have described how their husbands were killed and then they were raped by multiple men from both sides of the conflict. Amnesty International reported earlier this year that thousands of women in South Sudan have been “subjected to sexual violence including rape, gang rape, sexual slavery, sexual mutilation, torture, castration, or forced nudity.” The government has said that any soldiers caught with these charges are disciplined, but also said that they have no proof in most cases. These war crimes need to come to an end, and all guilty parties need to be held accountable.

 

2017-09-18 South Sudan (AlJazeera) Thousands of women fleeing the four-year-long conflict in South Sudan have been raped and sexually assaulted, according to rights groups and women who have spoken to Al Jazeera.

They mainly blame the government troops of President Salva Kiir, but also opposition forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar for the abuses.

Many women who survived described how their husbands were killed before they were gang-raped by government soldiers.

“My husband was following a short distance behind us,” one rape survivor told Al Jazeera.

“When he came and found these men on me, he told them to stop,” she said as she described how five government soldiers gang-raped her, along with four other women.

“They grabbed him immediately and killed him with a knife.”

Al Jazeera heard similar stories from other women now living refugee camps in Uganda.

“They tied a blindfold on my face,” another rape survivor said. “They took all of my possession and stripped me,” she added.

“Three of them were all on me. After, I grabbed my baby and left naked. Now, I have nothing.”

 

 

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