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South Sudan rebels accuse government troops of raping women

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May 19, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese rebel group led by the former vice-president Riek Machar has accused government troops loyal to president Salva Kiir of of gang raping women in the oil-rich Upper Nile state.

The SPLM-In-Opposition military spokesperson, Lul Ruai Koang said government troops who had earlier occupied Mathiang town, in Upper Nile state, gang raped women as they were retreating from the area on Friday and Saturday.

“Prior to retreating, Kiir’s troops had earlier on lured hunger stricken civilians in surrounding villages to come to Mathiang to get food rations. On hearing the promise to get free food, an estimated 80 women and girls flocked to Mathiang only to be gang raped upon arrival,” Koang claimed in a statement he released on Sunday.

He also alleged that an estimated 60 civilians had been killed as well as buildings belonging to local government destroyed by the government forces.

The rebel official also said that 40 Nuer soldiers were summarily executed this week in Pochalla county of Jonglei state, he added, despite the fact that they were also loyal to president Salva Kiir.

The rebels spokesperson further said that the families of the victims were also detained and put under “inhumane conditions with women and young girls getting repeatedly gang raped by troops belonging to the government.

Koang called on the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan, regional and international Human Rights bodies to “immediately investigate these serious violations.”

The South Sudanese warring parties recommitted themselves on 9 May 2014 to observe a cessation of hostilities agreement they signed last January.

South Sudan is embroiled in ethnic bloody violence since mid-December with international human rights bodies reporting gross violations of human rights by both parties.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed while over a million displaced internally and to the neighbouring countries according to the United Nations.

(ST)

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  • 20 May 2014 07:08, by Majongdit

    Lul Ruai Koang - made to lie
    If there can be Ministry of Propaganda in South Sudan, Lul Ruai Koang would fill it in so fittingly.

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    • 20 May 2014 07:20, by Dansedit

      that fake Brigadier ( mocrootdu ) Lul Ruai Koang should be name misinformation spoke person !

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    • 20 May 2014 07:40, by Tong dut

      This how we are,Dinkas wants women by force,either wife of some body or not,Looting is their job,even killing,how will change from such a behavier?

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    • 20 May 2014 08:28, by Malou Manyiel

      The rape rebel are blaming on the government forces is what they (rebels) have been doing all along. There is no single truth that has remain in their mouths. They wanted to create another problem just to dodged peace talks and fool IGAD and the so called International Community that government has violated everything. Shame on the rebels’ spokesperson for lies.....

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    • 20 May 2014 11:34, by Rami Tot

      This rapping ,burning houses of civilians and schools hospitals apart from killing the innocents people by the government troops that officials claiming that are protecting the constitution has surprising many observers in the the world. This is a shame to this brutal government.

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  • 20 May 2014 09:11, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Rebels always expressing big propagandas, against government, forces loyal to government cannot abuse its people.

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  • 20 May 2014 16:17, by Kim Deng

    Let the sell-out Nuer who are defending the Dinka Kingdom from Mighty Nuer Warriors’ rwath enjoy the benefit of what they sow.

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