Horrific tales of gang rape, throats slit in South Sudan
SEE ALSO :Rape of girls high in Nairobi - reportTens of thousands of people have been killed. The violence detailed in the report may amount to war crimes and those responsible should be brought to justice, the UN's human rights body says. South Sudan's army has not yet received the report, and therefore could not comment, its spokesman told Reuters news agency. The UN investigators focussed on a five-week period in April and May when government soldiers and their allies attacked opposition-controlled villages in the south of Unity state. The violence followed clashes between government and rebel forces, the report says.
SEE ALSO :Man jailed for rape freed on appealThe investigators found that about 120 girls and women were raped or gang-raped, and the victims included women who had recently given birth. "I was still bleeding from labour, but one of the soldiers raped me. I kept quiet and did not resist as I saw other women being shot dead for refusing to have sex with the soldiers and youth," a 20-year-old woman said. South Sudan became independent in 2011. It has been wracked by civil war, which has seen ethnic cleansing and numerous atrocities, since 2013. Women have often taken to the streets to demand an end to the violence It began when President Salva Kiir fired his deputy Riek Machar, accusing him of planning a coup - an allegation he denied.
SEE ALSO :Lab staff held for rape in hospitalSeveral attempts to find a peaceful solution have failed. The latest agreement, signed in June in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, saw the two leaders agree to a ceasefire, but they have yet to agree on a full-blown peace deal.
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