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March 27, 2013 (LONDON) - Sudan is the seventh worst country in the world for sexual violence in conflict according to a report by global risk analysis firm, Maplecroft which rated neighbouring South Sudan as an "extreme high risk" country.

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The index published by Maplecrof is based on data over the last 15 years, grading the severity of abuse and the "systematic use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and the involvement of child soldiers either as victims or perpetrators of sexual violence during a conflict."

This week British foreign secretary, William Hague and United Nations goodwill ambassador, American actress, Angelina Jolie visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of a campaign to stop violence against women in conflict zones.

The pair will visit several African countries affected by sexual violence in conflict zones ahead of the G8 summit in May. Later this year, the issue will also be raised at the UN Security Council and General Assembly.

The United Nations, human rights groups and clinicians have long reported the widespread use of rape and sexual violence in the ten-year-old-conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

In 2005 the then UN Under-secretary for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland said: "In Darfur, rape is systematically used as a weapon of warfare." Gender-based violence in Darfur was at its peak in the first few years of the conflict but instances continue to be reported.

South Sudan, which broke away from Sudan in 2011 also did not fare well in the report but was rated outside the ten worst countries. A Human Rights Watch report in August last year accused soldiers from South Sudan’s army of rape, torture and killing of civilians in Pibor county of the Jonglei state but the government has dismissed the reports as “not credible".

Of the nine countries that border Sudan and South Sudan six - Libya, Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Ethiopia - were also as rated as "extreme high risk". Eritrea and Ethiopia were rated "medium risk", while Kenya was rated as "low risk".

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  • 27 March 2013 05:27, by Mi diit

    What constitutes a sexual violence should be made clear in the context of African cultures. I know a girl in Africa who loves you would look at you as foolish if you don’t coerce her into sex b/se she will be shy to tell you she is ready. Also wives are coerced into sex and that is normal. But in the west they call it rape.

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    • 27 March 2013 08:01, by Agar madong

      i would like to let mr kurnyiel and jalaby read this ,they are the people who did it.

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    • 27 March 2013 08:02, by Agar madong

      i would like to let mr kurnyiel and jalaby read this ,they are the people who did it.

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    • 27 March 2013 08:05, by Agar madong

      i would like to let mr kurnyiel and jalaby read this ,they are the people who did it.

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      • 27 March 2013 08:45, by Jalaby

        Mr. Agar,
        I read it and I’m so surprise because this report based its data over the last 15 years and that means when Sudan was united therefore these sexual violence activities should be divided between north-south the same way Sudan & S South agreed in Addis Ababa recently to divide Sudan debts between two of them since Sudan was one

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        • 27 March 2013 08:50, by Jalaby

          country and the debts should be divided between them, I’m not sure why this report put all the sexual violence activities on Sudan only and didn’t divide them equally between north-south the same way the debts were divided?! should it occur that way then Sudan will come out from the top 10 sexual violence countries at least no doubt!
          This report is unfair I guess!!

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          • 27 March 2013 09:42, by Tutbol

            Mr. Jalaby,
            Does it also mean we will also divide the assets your govt has overseas & the huge lots of those cargo planes you people have will be divided in half? You people in the North are most fools & the most stupid of old peoples! Do you people think S Sudanese will just go back to your devilic N Sudan? think again. No Amount of pressure will make our people go back to your demonic ways.

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          • 27 March 2013 10:12, by Makunon

            Jalaby
            Your abnormality and foolishness is today confirmed to me by this shit comment you draw on screen here. How come you think of dividing crimes committed by criminals to share with an innocent simply bcoz you want to reduce the rate of crime to rank outside top 10. wait your rank in aggression against neighboring Country could be top one.

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          • 27 March 2013 10:57, by Sudan virus

            Jalaby!Re-read the passage!
            I think, South Sudan is mentioned but i know you worried because south Sudan is at low risk than Sudan.

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            • 27 March 2013 14:32, by Mohammed Ali 2

              Sudan virus, I dont need to read the report, because it is a lie! I can take Angelina Jule and I an Eagland or whatever, to go alone in mid night through any town Sudan, and let her tell me if she could go alone in after 6 pm in London, New Yourk , Paris or any town in Europe!

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              • 27 March 2013 22:43, by Kushoku

                M A2 I doubt u understant what is ment by( systemic use of sexual abuse as aweapon of war...) Do u think Mrs Juli would be raped (if she walks in London or Paris streets in the middle of the nite alone) by the British or Frensh govnt agents or proxy Janjaweed if they have any, I know its hard to fullfil ur employer’s NCP exepectation to defend its notorious,genocidal behaviours......!

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