Soldiers behind S. Sudan killing, rape spree

S. Sudan killing, rape spreeFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan

KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – ATROCITIES by South Sudan government forces have left more than 70 civilians dead as the crisis in the world’s newest country rages on.

Apart from the killings, the forces have committed out rapes and looted and destroyed properties.

United Nations human rights officers suggest hundreds of fighters and civilians were killed during the initial fighting last month.

Some civilians were killed in crossfire between the fighting forces as others were reportedly summarily executed by Government (SPLA) soldiers, who appear to specifically target people of Nuer origin.

UN has catalogued at least 73 civilian deaths but it believes the civilian death toll may be much higher as the organisation was denied access to some of the hardest-hit areas in the days following the conflict.

A number of restrictions on movement remain in place.

The fighting also resulted in widespread sexual violence, including rape and gang rape by soldiers in uniform and men in plain clothes, said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

Al Hussein said Nuer, Dinka and women from Equatorian regions were all targeted, along with foreign nationals.

Many victims were minors.

UN has documented at least 217 cases of sexual violence in Juba between July 8 and 25, the peak of the crisis.

Youth affiliated to the SPLA in Opposition (SPLA/IO) have been fingered.

Over 100 women and girls are reported to have been raped on the road leading out of Juba towards Yei, which lies close to the border with Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

More than 400 000 South Sudanese have fled to neighbouring countries.

The country attained independence from Sudan in 2011 but has been beset by civil war.
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