Young girls among dozens raped in Sudanese fighting

South-Sudanese-Womenfrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – GIRLS aged as young as four, lactating mothers and pregnant women are among over 60 people raped after renewed clashes between government and rebel forces in South Sudan.

The conflict that broke out in April has intensified in the former Unity State where dozens of women and girls have been kidnapped.

A number of civilians have also reportedly been killed, while others, including children, drowned trying to escape an invasion by armed young men, reportedly affiliated to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), on a local island.

Preliminary investigations by the United Nations (UN) in affected communities have uncovered alarming patterns of serious human rights violations and abuses, including killings, pillaging, abductions and gang-rape committed by government forces and rebels, much to massive displacements.

“These violations could constitute atrocity crimes,” a team of UN special representatives jointly stated.

The representatives are Adama Dieng (Prevention of Genocide), Virginia Gamba (Children and Armed Conflict) and Pramila Patten (Sexual Violence in Conflict).

The envoys called on all parties in South Sudan to immediately end the use of sexual violence, the commission of atrocities and hold the perpetrators accountable.

“The UN stands ready to support national efforts to end, prevent and address conflict-related sexual violence in South Sudan and improve the protection of civilians, including children,” they stated.

South Sudan, the world’s newest country after gaining independence in 2011, is gripped by civil war after President Salva Kiir and his now dismissed deputy, Riek Machar, fell out.
– CAJ News

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