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Peace monitoring body investigates 125 cases of rape in South Sudan

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Residents of Bentiu Protection of Civilians site pictured on 15 February 2016 (UNMISS photo)
December 1, 2018 (JUBA) South Sudan peace implementation monitory body has launched an investigation into the alleged rape of 125 women and girls in Rubkona area in the northern part of the country.

The sexual assault announced by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Friday occurred between 19 and 29 November 2018 in a violation of the revitalized peace agreement which was signed on 12 September and after extensive awareness campaign to brief the local forces on the need to cease hostilities.

"CTSAMVM is aware of recent reports of 125 cases of sexual violence allegedly carried out by men in uniform in the Bentiu-Rubkona area. CTSAMVM has opened an investigation into these reports and intends to report their findings in as timely a manner as possible," said a statement issued on Saturday.

The statement urged the parties to the revitalised pact to respect the commitments they made under ceasefire agreement and refrain from any prohibited acts.

"CTSAMVM also urges the Parties to investigate any cases of SGBV (Sexual and Gender-Based Violence) as required by the agreement under article 2.1.10.2 and hold to account those under their command who may have committed such acts," stressed the statement.

Until now there is no indication on who committed the sexual abuse. Also, neither the government or the opposition armies issued a statement condemning the rape of 125 women.

MSF said some victims are girls under 10 years old and others are women older than 65. Even pregnant women have not been spared from these brutal attacks.

(ST)

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  • 2 December 12:43, by jubaone

    Where are Taban’s nyagateen to defend these innocent women? Where these jienges once again on raping spree or nyagat freebooters? If Nuer men can’t come to defend their women, why would jienges or even Equatorians do that? It’s painful and each community must arm and defend itself. A broken woman is a broken society. In the end SS will be a country of bastards without value.

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    • 2 December 20:57, by Mayendit

      Jubaone and Games Be caution.
      First of all, don’t just assume the raped was done by Dinka because the government soldiers are mixed with Sons of Nuers and second, the report by Ruth Okello is fake in trying to damaging the image of South Sudan’s government and the Nuers people as a whole. Raping 125 women and Girls in 10 days this is lies and propaganda and must be investigate seriously.

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      • 4 December 14:13, by Trust Teller

        Dear Mayendit, i agree with you that the govt soldiers are not all Dinkas, although they might be the majority" however i disagree with you that the report is false; we have been here longer enoug and have seen/hear the same cases even the capital-Juba where president sit, beside why would this lady"Ruth" fabricated a lie and want to tornish the name of govt? to get what out of it? Thus in conclus

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  • 2 December 14:40, by Games

    Jubaone
    The Nuer who are sidings with enemies across unity state are the majority over those starvating Dinka militia. Nuer have significant power in Unity State to protect their most vulnerable civilians from those subhumans. But Taban Deng Gai and his boys are busy in Juba sleeping with other Dinka men.

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  • 2 December 21:09, by Mayendit

    I am appealing to South Sudanese’s government including its Northern Liech State’s government to make sure the investigation must be accurately and if found it is truly happen then, the soldiers must be brought to book. Also if done by militias rebels then, the investigators must tell but if it is lies perhaps, the Agency must be expelled them so that, others will not report lies.

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  • 3 December 00:50, by Games

    Mayendit
    The whole thing are happening at the government control areas. Which is government responsibility to protect civilians in their control zones. There are also reliable sources that suggests, it were the government soliders in Bentiu who had carried out the rappers. Nuer and Equatoria can’t do those stupid things to their parents

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    • 3 December 03:20, by Mayendit

      Mr. Games
      If that report was truly happen, who do you think have carrying out raping 125 women and Girls in just 10 days? Personal, I think the Agency are making game for their hiding agendas but the Idea of single out Dinka in Nuer communities is a hatred. There are more than 60,000 Nuers civilians living in former Warrap regions and former Western Bhar El Ghazal regions why there is no reports?

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      • 4 December 14:41, by Trust Teller

        Dear Mayendit & Game. To make the dialogue more healthy,focus and objectivities, i think there ’s a need to limit blames on ethinic bases, in fact the report is true according many credible sources in the area in among soldiers you can confirm it. The worry is the silent of the national govt, because i the so called nothern Liech state govt is not there to protect the population rather they’re the

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