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Monday , September 28 2020

Gang rapes and beheadings: UN reveals new South Sudan abuses


Women stand outside a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) site in Yei, in southern South Sudan. The formerly peaceful town of Yei was once a beacon of coexistence, but Yei is now a center of the country’s renewed civil war. -AP Photo

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The latest report on human rights abuses in South Sudan’s five-year civil war, released by a United Nations commission, says it has identified more than 40 senior military officials “who may bear individual responsibility for war crimes.”

The witness accounts remain appalling. One South Sudanese man returned home after hiding from government soldiers to find they had blinded his mother, gouging out her eyes with spears. She had tried to defend her 17-year-old daughter from being raped by more than a dozen soldiers and didn’t succeed. Seventeen soldiers then raped her.

The new report will be presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva next month.
Castrations, ethnic violence and other abuses have left the impoverished East African nation in despair, while international frustration with the warring sides grows.

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