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South Sudanese army to investigate village "rape"

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February 16, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army has vowed to investigate reports of rape, which allegedly occurred in villages along Juba-Nimule road last week.

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South Sudanese SPLA soldiers are pictured in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state on August 20, 2015 (Photo AFP/Samir Bol)

Anglican Bishop Paul Yugusuk of the Lomega Diocese in Eastern Equatoria claimed that pro-government soldiers raped several women and detained 47 men over the weekend.

Five young girls and women, the Bishop said, are being treated at Juba hospital.

“We don’t know the exact number of women who were raped but we have five [women and girls] here in Juba Teaching Hospital. Most of them are underage girls and women,” Yugusuk told reporters after visiting the victims in Juba on Monday.

The 47 men arrested after the ransacking of the Kubi village, some 50 km on Juba – Nimule highway, have been released, according to local news report that quoting George Ladu, the Commissioner of Lokiliri County in Jubek State.

But the South Sudanese army spokesman Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang said the military will form a committee to investigate the report, identify the suspects and take action.

“The chief of general staff has ordered an investigation into the circumstances that led to the reported rape incidents in Kubi, identify the suspects and arraign them before the military court,” Koang told Sudan Tribune over phone on Thursday.

The military official further said all church groups and any other “interested” parties are invited to help in the investigation to dispel any fears of bias during the process.

The SPLA, despite promises to take measures, has been accused by advocate groups of doing little to end sexual assaults on women and girls during military operations.

In the past, however, human right organizations have accused both the government forces of carrying out atrocities, including gang rape and mass killing of innocent civilians when taking over a territory held by rebels.

(ST)

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  • 17 February 08:19, by Sir King

    No to investigations unless EQUATORIANS denounce their rudeness towards Dinka. Arabs used to fuck them and they never used to talk. They have to denounce their aggressive acts and corruption towards Dinka. Fuck them seriously until they denounce their rudeness. Leave alone USA talking about nonsenses. Why didn’t USA hand over Syria to International Administration, Somalia, or Khartoum.

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    • 17 February 09:43, by Joseph Canada

      DINKA MUST DIE IF THAT’S WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR. YOU WILL KILL US TODAY TOMORROW AND THE NEXT DAY. BUT NEXT MONTH YOU WILL SMELL YOUR OWN DUNK ON YOUR PALMS.YOU STARTED IT, YOU KEEP ON DOING IT AND WE WILL FINISH IT FOR YOU SOON.

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      • 17 February 19:42, by Diko Man

        Joseph

        Don’t let yourself to be infected by tribal guys like Sir Servant.I moved all over SS and found that all are suffering. there re innocent dinkas in other places who knows nothing about the government but are even suffering the most if compare to others. its only those are in the refugee camps who talks such nonsense. the end of the road is near.

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    • 17 February 19:21, by Diko Man

      There re many people who knows nothing about equatoria and always opens their dirty mouths to talk that equatorians are this and that. This region catered for your ass holes for long time. Equatoria contributed serious for the success of SPLM and the same way it ’ll bring the SPLM or SPLA down to nothing.No one is interested in any to do with SPLA or government, they nothing but criminals.why rape

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    • 17 February 19:56, by Diko Man

      Mr. Servant,
      Wawa wawa wawa, did you say Arabs did what? you re very naive about Sudan then. if you were in Khartoum during liberation struggle am quiet sure Arabs fucked you badly, bse you sounded a person who talks experience. you need to go to advance hospital be4 any complication arises. we still need you to tell such story to our young ones, be4 they start dragging SS back joining sudan.

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  • 20 February 05:54, by Angelo Achuil

    I am thinking, oh really?? I wonder what he meant by "investigation!!"
    "Investigation" I know of would truly be a noble act. But the biggest repeated embarrassment of the SPLA in history and Gov’t in most violent cases is promising heaven & earth and then deliver none of them. I think it is more honorable and wise NOT to say a thing about anything than make a hasty vow you can’t keep.

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