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Displaced civilians from five villages around Kuda Payam, 72 klm west of Juba, after killing of 14 people following attacks by pastoral communities, in their area on 15 August 2018 (UNMISS Photo)

December 3, 2018 (JUBA) - In an unprecedented outcry, UN senior officials Monday condemned the recent sexual attacks near Bentinu and called to hold the perpetrators accountable for their crime.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, and Natalia Kanem, United Nations Population Fund Executive Director echoed the statement of the UNMISS chief condemning these "abhorrent attacks".

They were reacting to the cases of collective rape of women and girls by government forces along roads near Nhialdu and Guit to Bentiu in Northern Liech State between 19 and 29 November 2018.

"I condemn the horrific attacks including rape and beatings against over 150 women and girls in South Sudan," said Lacroix in a tweet posted on Monday evening.

"(The) government needs to investigate and assure accountability. UNMISS sent patrols, human rights teams and is implementing preventive measures," he further said.

Despite the signing of the revitalized peace agreement, different reports mention the need to carry out campaigns to raise awareness among local commanders and troops particularly in the northern and southern parts of the country.

For their part, the other four senior officials issued a joint statement calling on "the relevant authorities to publicly denounce the attacks and ensure that those responsible for these crimes face justice".

The Northern Liech Minister of Information rejected the report of Médecins Sans Frontihères (MSF) on the sexual assaults and termed it as "unequivocally false".

Minister Lam Tungwar said that no incident whether in government or rebel-held areas has been reported. Further, he added that security service could not confirm the report of the humanitarian group.

The rape was first reported by MSF on Friday and confirmed by UNMISS on Saturday. In addition, UNMISS and CTSAMVM said in separate statements they have opened an investigation into the reports of sexual violence.

The UN officials pointed that Humanitarian workers are providing critical, life-saving assistance and services to the survivors of the attacks.

They called on the South Sudanese authorities to ensure the needed protection and safety of both civilians and aid workers, and make certain that further such horrendous violations are prevented.

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  • 4 December 03:06, by One people

    I don’t know why our government are so afraid to impose the rule of law against those child Molesters? Why do you allow a baby kid to produce a baby? Kids are supposed to be for school, not for sex, because they are the future of the country. having sex with children is more & more dangerous than war with weapon because when you get kid pregnant that meant you destroyed their focus on edu

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    • 4 December 04:43, by One people

      Dr. Riek Gai Kok should appear in the SStv so he can explain what are the best age for women to get pregnant, or he need to send someone who knows about pregnancy and Health, and also ministry of education supposed to stand in a very stronger way against sexsual emossones against childrens. Again" sex is not for kids. So please come up with law and order against child Molesters. Thanks

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      • 4 December 04:51, by Pakuai

        During our bush years, any soldier who sexually assaulted woman was fire squad in front of other soldiers. And there was not a damn UN to tell the SPLA to punish those soldiers with death. But here, the UN has becomes a big nuisance here in South Sudan. South Africa & India are the biggest rapist countries against women on earth. But the damn UN doesn’t always go & lecture those countries>>>

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        • 4 December 04:58, by Pakuai

          on how they punish should their criminals. So what is this love affair with the UN & the NGOs with South Sudan & the South Sudanese people? As I always state here, the UN & the NGOs consider themselves as the ’parallel governments’ ruling South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. And this is precisely because we have bunch of stupid & illiterate politicians who don’t know the dirty project behind>>

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          • 4 December 05:04, by Pakuai

            Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol & Thomas Cirillo all want the UN NEW WORLD ORDER government experiment here in South Sudan. And that is why the UN & the NGOs often go & write those pieces of propaganda bullshits, in Bentiu, Yei and Shilluks countries. But as always, our bunch of lowly informed politicians & of course our hugely illiterate populace just can’t figure out that the UN>>>

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            • 4 December 05:10, by Pakuai

              and some sleazy NGOs are our biggest problems. The US, the UK, France & some of their allies 21st century occupation & colonization of other people’s countries is through their so-called "humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping and human rights business scams" The Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Nepalese, Rwandans, Sri Lankans, ethiopians, Mongolians and others are not here for peacekeeping>>

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              • 4 December 05:16, by Pakuai

                they are here as occupying forces. The New Zealand criminals called David Shearer is here as the US, the UK & their UN’s ’governor Gordon’ to South Sudan. But the criminals would dead like governor Gordon as far as we are concerned. The US, the UK, their UN & their sleazy NGOs are desperately shopping for a war in our country & against our people, but the evils are going to get with a bucket full>

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                • 4 December 05:20, by Pakuai

                  of it trust us. South Sudan is not part of the damned evil so-called ANGLO-AMERICA. And South Sudanese people are not the so-called ANGLO-AMERICA subjects or slaves. The evil white Americans, English people and their allies love affair with our country & our people has gone too far and they must be told to get hell out of our country & our people with their dirty intrigues. Really who would want>>

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                  • 4 December 05:25, by Pakuai

                    these vermin in their villages again in the 21st century? Who would really want these evils fellows? Not even one. Some of these lowly informed Nuers, Shilluks and some Barias are playing fools. But they would be the first idiots to wake up later like spook birds after their US, English people, their UN, their shifty NGOs, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan or their gulf Arab states’>>>

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                    • 4 December 05:31, by Pakuai

                      financiers like they had done to North Sudan, Gambella region, parts of Central Kenya like Laikipia, Nanyuki, parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, the whole of South Africa, parts of Namibia and Parts of Angola. But not a single Dinkas/Monjiengs of the Sudan would ever again touched by those vermin as far as we are concerned, reasons, pure HATRED & RACISM. It was DR Congo where the UN & the NGOs were>>>

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                      • 4 December 05:37, by Pakuai

                        so fixated with these so-called sexual violent against women. But the same UN and the NGOs in DR Congo is wanted to be extended South Sudan. Because South Sudanese is projected to be made another DR Congo where the UN, its NGOs & the so-called peacekeeping project has never left DR Congo since 1960th after the killed Mr. Patrice Lumumba. Our lowly informed South Sudanese idiots must open their>>>

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                        • 4 December 05:41, by Pakuai

                          damn foolish eyes. No one would want to welcome any evil white American, English person, an evil juus (so-called israelis), a cloned so-called arab of North Sudan, An Arab, an Indian, Pakistani, Nepalese or even some of their Bantus into our country into our country again with these cheap dirty intrigues trust us fellows.

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  • 4 December 07:00, by Lenin Bull

    These are false concocted stories to hoodwink donors of money and times/mandate extension by some thieving humanitarian actors and UNMISS so that they appear relevant in New York. Idiots! The government should find out who is the source of this misinformation and punish them severely.

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  • 4 December 07:03, by Lenin Bull

    Hon.Molana Michael Makuei where are you? Molana wake up now please, the humanitarian are misbehaving by creating false information for them to get money in the name of our people and country. No women reported such information such rape cases in Unity State. It is a hoax.

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    • 4 December 07:52, by Games

      Lenin Bull
      UNMISS are the ones that cleaned those kids and women in the clinics. Your Dinka militias will ones pay huge prices for what they are doing to those most vulnerable women and kids

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      • 4 December 08:13, by Pakuai

        "UNMISS are the ones that cleaned those kids and women in the clinics"
        And where are the Nuers if the UNIMISS are to be the ones which cleaned those Nuers? The stupidity of our ’Nuers ke nyantoc’ stink to high heavens. No wonder how our enemies often take advantage our people. Our Nuers ke nyantoc, Shilluks & most of the Equatorians were the darlings of our cloned arabs of North Sudan>>>

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        • 4 December 08:17, by Pakuai

          during our genuine war of independence and they were paid with food rations, weapons and other supplies to the fight the SPLA. And again, they are still at it and this time around, they are again being used by the same cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan to destroy South Sudan. And of the US, the UK, their UN & their sleazy NGOs are using these good for nothing fools are their blackmails>>>

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          • 4 December 08:24, by Pakuai

            and bargaining chips over our country & our people. I really always almost puke when l see these retches with no shame in their lives. Who is preventing those retches from growing their own foods? No one whatsoever. The lazies just want to be sitting around like in this picture and then their UN & it sleazy NGOs would always take their pictures and go and use them around the world as begging>>>

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            • 4 December 08:30, by Pakuai

              bowls for funding and the UN & the NGOs would come throw them a few crumbs and UN & the NGOs would use the rest in five star hotels in Kampala, Juba, Nairobi, Khartoum and Adis Ababa and their inflated salaries. I don’t know why Mr. Gatluak or Taban Deng Gai were not ministers of Agriculture, Youth & culture to informed their idiots to start growing their own damn food>>>

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              • 4 December 08:34, by Pakuai

                Mr. Gatluak is now running around selling oil fields and the Minister of Agriculture is not running telling these fools to start preparing their damn lands to grow food. Our Nuers ke nyantoc and some of our fools, no one will ever again dare welcome the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus (so-called israelis), their cloned so-called arab of Nortgh Sudan, their gulf Arab states>>>

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              • 4 December 08:35, by Pakuai

                Mr. Gatluak is now running around selling oil fields and the Minister of Agriculture is not running telling these fools to start preparing their damn lands to grow food. Our Nuers ke nyantoc and some of our fools, no one will ever again dare welcome the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus (so-called israelis), their cloned so-called arab of Nortgh Sudan, their gulf Arab states>>>

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                • 4 December 08:36, by Pakuai

                  financiers and some of their criminals in between whom we don’t want in our lives again. Reasons, pure HATRED & RACISM.

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                  • 4 December 08:42, by Pakuai

                    Our lowly informed fools have been informed time and time again that there are many refugees in Darfur, Southern Khardufan, Southern Blue Nile, Central Africa republic, Northern Nigeria, DR Congo, Burundi, ethiopia, Somalia and other countries. But the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies don’t like to propagate their lies about these other countries refugees>>>

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                    • 4 December 08:46, by Pakuai

                      The name of hungry South Sudanese refugees is what those vermin love so much because South Sudan is coveted by those hyenas. As would be their New DR Congo, CAR, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Venezuela, Nicaragua and other countries. But the evil white Americans, English people, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creepy allies in between have step on the>>>

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                      • 4 December 08:53, by Pakuai

                        wrong people feet, us, the Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan. The evil love affair with our country & our people has gone too far. And it must be tackle head on. The evils think that they can occupy & colonize our country with their so-called "humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & their so-called human rights business scams" We keep informing evil white Americans, English people and their>>>

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                        • 4 December 08:58, by Pakuai

                          their allies that South Sudan is not part of their damned evil ANGLO-AMERICA empire, never has and will never ever be. And South Sudanese people are not the evil so-called ANGLO-AMERICA empire subjects or slaves. Never has and never will. Let the South Sudanese people die of hunger and this is when we will start growing our own food. This business of humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping>>>>

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                          • 4 December 09:02, by Pakuai

                            and human business scams occupation & colonization of other countries on the disguise isn’t going to be entertained in a country like South Sudan in the 21st century as far as we are concerned. Fellows, the owners have taken back their country. The evil corporate America, the UK, their evil juus (so-called israel), their UN, their sleazy NGOs and their gulf Arab states financiers should keep their

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                            • 4 December 09:06, by Pakuai

                              dirty and cheap intrigues to countries like DR Congo, Central Africa republic (CAR), West African countries, Southern African countries, North Africa, some of their Middle Eastern countries or South African countries. But right here in South Sudan, not so fast, a lot of bloody noses. Who really want these vermin in their villages?

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  • 4 December 07:48, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Pakuai,
    You are completely subhuman in a way you analyse situations on the ground in the country. Apart from you and your likes no one rejoices in seeing the misery of a fellow human being. For that reason no one would lie on what is taking olace in South Sudan. Your propaganda will get to nowhere.

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    • 4 December 09:10, by Pakuai

      jur_likang_a_ likan’g’
      A loser like you even has a temerity to call me a ’subhuman’ where is the social media going to take us?

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      • 4 December 10:55, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        I have no time for idiots like you. you rae so low that you can not differentiate anything wrong or good.

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        • 4 December 13:10, by Trust Teller

          Jur_likang" do not bother with this man#PAKUAI# it is a nature in Dinka to cover trust with lies; if the so called president could usher lies publicly without shame so who is that cannot lie? For instance after failed J1 assissinnation of Dr. Riek,he said and i qoute# RIEK MACHAR CAME TO PRESIDENTIAL PALACE CARRYING A PISTOL# end of quote. Again he said" Riek machar came with 12000 thousand troops

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          • 4 December 13:29, by Trust Teller

            Now look at their militias-aka-Anyoor continue raping innocent while the word peace signed mean nothing, the need to be told in Dinka so that understand. We’re observing as they’re continouing with the useless behaviour, thank God they know us pretty well. And this retarded-minded lunatical lier -Pakuai has gut to denied a broad day light investigated crimes when infact he don’t even live in South

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          • 4 December 13:35, by Pakuai

            "Trust Teller" or Can I call you ’Lies Teller’ instead chap?
            By the way, Mr. Salva Kiir is not the one allegedly raping those Nuer fools. And who is keeping them in those filthy so-called UN POCs? No ones, but themselves. They are waiting for their ’gat Machar, Ngundeng Buong prophet, the UN & the NGOs’ to bring them free money, food and all>>>

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            • 4 December 13:41, by Pakuai

              Trust Teller,
              Know this chap, how did your Riek Machar got away from J1 shoot in July 2016, after all his body guards were mowed down? You Riek Machar just don’t reason things. Mr. Salva Kiir was the one who let him out and was escorted by his body guards to his residence at Jebel. Mr. Riek Machar was asked to return the next morning for the meeting. But instead, launched an all out war to capture

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              • 4 December 13:47, by Pakuai

                Juba and eventually the power in South Sudan by force. But he again failed for the third time with his quest for power Mr. Trust Teller chap. Mr. Salva Kiir is probably regretting why he let the evil out again in 2016. But all these are just being kept aside for the future debate. Mr. Trust Teller, Mr. Salva Kiir is Mr. Riek Machar ally if you idiots don’t know. Otherwise, your Mr. Riek Machar>>>>

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