Government forces fuel Sudan rape spree

Sudan rape spreeFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – SOLDIERS and police officers have been cited as the worst violators in the spiraling sexual violence at camps housing civilians displaced by the civil war in South Sudan.
Rights groups said the violence had reached horrendous levels with up to 70 percent of women and girls who seek protection at the camps reporting they had been raped with no action taken against the uniformed forces.
Over 1,7 million civilians, mostly women and children, have been internally displaced in the landlocked East African country suffering worsening strife.
“Sexual violence against women in South Sudan, especially inside IDP (internally displaced persons) camps, has reached appalling proportions,” said a humanitarian aid worker with CordAid.
The organisation is among many working with civilians bearing the brunt of the civil war emanating from a fallout between the country’s political leaders after independence in 2011.
Lack of security at the IDP sites has partly been blamed for the spree of rapes.
It was reported recently a three-year-old girl died after a 45-year-old man entered one of the IDPs camps and raped her.
Poverty is also see driving families into desperation amid reports some were selling their underage daughters off to marriage.


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