Friday, 14 Dec 2018

UN: more than 150 cases of sexual violence in South Sudan in 12 days

United Nations – US officials say more than 150 women and girls have sought treatment for rape and other sexual violence in the last 12 days near Bentiu, South Sudan's second largest city.

UN Chief of Humanitarian Aid Mark Lowcock and officials of the US Agency for Children and the United Nations Population Agency condemned the "odious attacks" on Monday.

They said that "the attackers were described as armed men, many in uniform".

The three agency officials called on the South Sudanese authorities to "publicly denounce the attacks and ensure that those responsible for these crimes are brought to justice".

In the first half of 2018, they reported that about 2,300 cases of gender-based violence had been reported to groups of physicians, the vast majority of them being women and more than 20% of children.

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