Destruction and Rape in South Sudan

23 Jul

Girls waiting in line for water in the UNMISS camp near Bentiu. As of the end of June, the camp had registered about 81,000 inhabitants, including at least 28,000 new arrivals in April and May who now reside in mostly cramped and unsanitary conditions. © 2015 Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch. 

Four years after South Sudan became the world’s newest country, its civil war has reached horrific levels of violence. Between April and June, government forces, together with Bul Nuer militia, carried out an aggressive offensive in Unity State.  Despite meeting little resistance in many areas – only women, children, and the elderly remained in most villages – troops killed civilians, torched homes, and beat, raped, and abducted women. At least 100,000 people have been displaced and untold numbers are left suffering. South Sudan researcher Skye Wheeler speaks with Amy Braunschweiger about the report, “They Burned it All,” and this horrible new phase in South Sudan’s civil war.

Detailed report by the Human Rights Watch;


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