“Some are girls under 10 years old and others are women older than 65. Even pregnant women have not been spared from these brutal attacks,” said a MSF midwife.

The Horror Isn’t About To End: Brutal Attacks Against Women And Girls In South Sudan Reported, As Its Levels Of Sexual Violence Continue

DESPITE some cautious optimism around a new  peace agreement,  civilians are still far from safe in South Sudan.

Aid groups say more than  150 women and girls  were raped, beaten, and brutalised over a 10-day period at the end of November. Armed men, many in uniform, carried out the “abhorrent” attacks near the city of Bentiu, the UN said.

Médecins Sans Frontières,  which provided emergency medical care to survivors, expressed deep concerns. “Some are girls under 10 years old and others are women older than 65. Even pregnant women have not been spared from these brutal attacks,” said MSF midwife Ruth Okello.

Since the war began in 2013, South Sudan has seen horrific levels of sexual violence. In the first half of 2018, 2,300 cases were reported; more than 20% of victims were children, the UN said.

 

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