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Government soldiers rape women in UNMISS camps in Juba: workers

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July 18, 2016 (JUBA) - Six women and 2 underage young girls have been raped in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, by soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir, an aid worker claimed .

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A woman prepares food as displaced women, men and children gather, in Juba, South Sudan at the UN compound in Tomping area, Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (AP Photo)

The incident reportedly occurred on Monday when the women and girls left the United Nations protection of civilians (PoCs) site at Jebel Kujur and went to the nearby Jebel market in search of food as UNMISS could not provide enough food for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) residing in the camp.

An aid worker who only identified himself as ‘John’ due to fear for his safety told Sudan Tribune the two young girls were found unconscious and bleeding severely, after they later revealed that they were raped by ten men in SPLA uniform, South Sudan’s official army.

He accused the SPLA of instead turning against women to defile them rather than protecting them as a national duty.

"It is unbelievable to see soldiers from this country turn against women and children and raped them like that," John said.

Another medical doctor who also spoke on condition of anonymity told Sudan Tribune that the 8 victims of the Monday incident were single mothers and orphaned girls who have no husbands or parents in the camp.

He said he felt a lot of pain seeing the young underage girls bleeding because soldiers of a national army did this to them.

"When I saw these young girls bleeding in front of me, I felt painful in heart because this is a humiliation to children and women of this country,” she added.

"These are crimes against humanity. You cannot go and sleep with your own kids and claim to sleep with women," she ridiculed the SPLA soldiers.

She called on the international community to intervene in South Sudan and rescue the nation from the failed leadership of President Salva Kiir..

"I believe international community must have solutions to all dark activities in the country. For how long should they look at South Sudan to end inhuman crimes," she asked.

Many residents and eyewitnesses who spoke to Sudan Tribune have confirmed the incident happened during the day time when women walked to buy food in the market, and as they were returning to the UNMISS camp, SPLA soldiers caught them.

Nyadieng, one of the victims said as they headed back to the UN civilians protection site, men in SPLA uniform appeared and surrounded them and took them away at gun point.

"We were about four women, as we returned from market the soldiers told us stop there or else we will shoot at you, and we stopped and they took us to the bush," she narrated.

She said as they walked about 100 metres from the main road, they saw other two women and two very young girls laid unconsciously as each woman lined up by three to four men.

She said the soldiers after raping them called them wives of rebels or SPLA-IO, calling on UNMISS to provide adequate food to the IDPs in taking refuge in its compounds so as to avoid the risk attached to looking for food in the markets.

According to the human right watch reports, forces loyal to the South Sudanese government have been repeatedly accused of using rapes as payment to soldiers who have not been paid their salaries for many months.

Opposition forces in some incidents have also been accused of raping women during the two years of war which ended in August last year.

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  • 19 July 2016 09:25, by Eastern

    So many of the so-called " wewes" from Museveni’s land were equally sexually assaulted at Jebel market and Gudele yet Museveni continues to supply Mathiang anyoor with arms! The crime committed/being committed in Juba, Yei and other parts of South Sudan must not be allowed to go unpunished!!!

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  • 19 July 2016 09:38, by Morthon Akol

    that is a white lie from those enemies of peace in Juba. if its true than the UNMISS is the one responsible for that because those people under UNMISS protection can not go out from the camp. so how come those ladies go out?

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    • 20 July 2016 01:50, by deng

      Morthon,

      I agree with you. The term UNMISS mean UN + MISS = UN miss camp. They were rapes where? And who known they were rapes by SPLA soldiers? Fuck shit.

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  • 19 July 2016 09:48, by Joseph Canada

    Dinka has maximised the shame to the nation of South Sudan. Its very sad that the great nation is being guided by the monkeys. Even monkeys know or behave more than the Dinka leadership. This is embarrassment to every tribe in the Nation.

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  • 19 July 2016 10:36, by Akol Liai Mager

    Common sense; When a criminal commit crime in the present of the Police, the Police must arrest this criminal and taken to jail. So, if UNMISS watched at crime being committed and does nothing, then this means that there was no crime committed in the UNMISS Camp or otherwise, these Blue Helmets must be perpetrators and South Sudan Govt is just a scapegoat.

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    • 19 July 2016 11:03, by Panda Odhie

      Anybody that has understanding cannot believe in white lie fiction to generated food distribution to IDPs I don’t believe there nearest forest at around Jebel . I urged brothers in media report sth that can be well seconded

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  • 19 July 2016 15:24, by Hardlinner

    if it is lies than Unimis shld detract it statement. but if it is true than those responsible shld be taken to court. Nuer women and girls have nothing to do with Riek madness and therefore it is unlawful to punish them because of Riek. every individual soldier involved shld first reflect the same feeling to his own relatives. would they be happy if their sisters and mothers are rape by other?.

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  • 19 July 2016 15:27, by Hardlinner

    raping is not part of dinka culture and those involved should be question on their Dinkaness.

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    • 19 July 2016 19:19, by Eastern

      Raping may not be part of Dinka culture but it is part of Dinkocracy. Please accept the fact that Dinka culture and Dinkocracy are two and different things!

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  • 19 July 2016 19:28, by Aarai Baka

    lie, these opportunist are just there to discredit government of South Sudan for their benefit. why not showing a pictures of those women and girls that got rape. calling for international intervention will never going to happen.....we need a solid prove with girls bleeding pix and their getting interviewed showing their clothes with blood or other than that back off with your lies.

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    • 19 July 2016 22:07, by Jojo

      It is better for you to accept the truth. This acts of reaping were done by unprofessional soldiers whom were brought from Warrap and Northern Bahr El Gazal. SPLA proper were well trained though they are from the mentioned States. How can we even go and attend the so called Peace Demonstration? We need foreign forces to come and take care of Juba city and the civilians. How can we go and attend

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      • 19 July 2016 22:13, by Jojo

        How can we go and attend such demonstration when the name of the unprofessional civil society organizer sound the same as those who rape our sisters, daughters, wives and mothers - the same name of those who looted and killed our dear ones! Your unknown gunmen and armed criminals will be the one to support you and the government tomorrow

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