Millions more uprooted in Sudanese atrocities

displacement sudanFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan,KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – ABOUT 1 million people have been forcibly displaced in South Sudan during worsening conflict marked by abductions, gang-rapes and the hacking to death of civilians.The atrocities have been reported in the southern Equatoria region,fuelling world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis.
Aid agencies and human rights organisations said the escalation of fighting had led to increased brutality against civilians, most who have fled to neighbouring Uganda.It is reported men, women and children have been shot, hacked to death with machetes and burnt alive in their homes.
“Women and girls have been gang-raped and abducted,” said Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser.
Rovera lamented that homes, schools, medical facilities and humanitarian organizations’ compounds had been looted, vandalised and burnt to the ground.Equatoria had been largely spared the political and inter-communal violence which has ravaged the country since 2013. Fighting broke out between members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to then Vice-President Riek Machar.
Machar was sacked from government following allegations he was planning a coup.The ensuing violence spread to Equatoria in mid-2016.
Government forces, supported by allied militia, including the notorious Mathian Anyoor – comprised of young, mainly ethnic Dinka fighters – have committed a wave of violations. Opposition armed groups have also committed grave abuses, albeit on a smaller scale.
Amnesty said all parties to the conflict must rein in their fighters and immediately cease targeting civilians.
UN peacekeepers have also been urged to protect civilians from the onslaught.“Those on all sides responsible for atrocities must be brought tojustice,” Rovera said.
South Sudan is the world’s newest country following its independence from Sudan in 2011.
– CAJ News

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