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July 27, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudanese leaders must enact and enforce laws that will end prevalent occurrences of sexual violence against women in the country, an African Union special envoy said.

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The African Union (AU) special envoy on youth, Aya Chebbi meets South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on July 25, 2019 (PPU)

Speaking during a visit a five-day visit to the young nation, the AU special envoy on youth, Aya Chebbi, said the country’s authorities must involve men if gender-based violence is to end.

“Men should be doing all these initiatives to end gender-based violence. I urge civil society organizations to advocate for legal frameworks that protect women in South Sudan,” said Chebbi.

She said the continental body already has in place plans to end all gender-based violence, with its focus geared towards eliminating all forms of violence, including genital mutilation and child marriage.

During the meeting, Chebbi reportedly discussed with the South Sudanese leader what AU has got to offer to the country’s youth.

The AU special envoy also met with different youth clusters in the country and held discussions on the challenges that affect them.

She described her visit to the East African nation as a symbol of hope to young people in terms of innovation and youth development.

72% of South Sudan’s 12.4 million population are 30 years old and below, estimates show.

Earlier this month, the AU’s legal counsel signed a document to form the Hybrid Court for South Sudan as stipulated in the 2018 peace deal. Once in operation, the court will combine South Sudanese and other African judges and staff to investigate and prosecute allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

Thousands of women and girls in Africa’s youngest nation have reportedly suffered brutal sexual violence as armed groups employed rape as a weapon of war. Last year, the United Nations mission in the country documented 238 cases, involving 1,291 victims.

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  • 28 July 06:48, by Pakuai

    This is what we have been telling our lowly informed South Sudanese losers that if you put your house on fire and run to others to come and extinguish the fire on your behalf, those fire extinguishers will come and want something in return, nothing is free of charge on this planet earth. We have let our house ajar and this is we got. Every creep around the world who even have their own massive>>>

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    • 28 July 06:59, by Pakuai

      problems in their own countries back home always think, that is a good idea to come and lecture the South Sudanese fools about anything. The US sent her two ’women representative to UNSC’ to come and bully South Sudan, Yasmin Spokane of UN was also brought here to do the same and now, the African Union (the AU) doesn’t want to be left behind on how to lecture the South Sudanese people about human

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      • 28 July 07:10, by Pakuai

        rights or South Sudanese women rights in particular. And of course most our South Sudan’s populace don’t see anything bullish about this circus since the whole dirty project is hidden beneath the facet of the ’UN, humanitarian and human rights’. I forgot to mention a British woman called Priti Patel among the foreign bullies l just mentioned earlier. Fellows, in every country, there are some>>>>

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        • 28 July 07:22, by Pakuai

          people who bully their women and l think South Sudan is no exception. But honestly speaking, South Sudan is not on the top of the countries that bully women, trust this fellows. Get these facts right. During our war of independence from our arab North Sudan there was ’Katiba banarts (girls/women) battalion and they did their jobs well or even better than some men in the SPLM/A>>>

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          • 28 July 07:42, by Pakuai

            Back in Anyanya one war, there were prominent women like ’mama Ageer Gumdit and other women leaders who fought exceptionally well just their male counterparts. During our SPLM/A times, even our civilian women/girls looked after SPLM/A children, SPLA wounded soldiers, our cattle, sheep and goats. Grew food and sent food to battle front lines all the times. I remember, during our war of independence

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            • 28 July 07:54, by Pakuai

              when a rogue SPLA soldier or soldiers raped a girl or a woman. That SPLA soldier or soldiers were arraigned in front of other soldiers and ’fire squadded’ to give an example that playing games with our women was redline. Our South Sudanese women breed pigs/rabbits for our younger South Sudanese boys/girls under deadly circumstances. Every South Sudanese with brain knows, that we ’owe a great deal>

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              • 28 July 08:04, by Pakuai

                of debt’ to our South Sudanese women, it is a plain truth. Without our South Sudanese women/girls hardworking, we wouldn’t have our South Sudan today. By the way, those other women from other parts of the world who are always sent here to South Sudan to come and lecture South Sudanese people about women/girls rights think we are the worst off country on earth on bullying>>>

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                • 28 July 08:20, by Pakuai

                  our women/girls and so they were coming to help their women/girls counterparts. Those women/girls concerns are not far away from the truth, because in every war, women and children are always the losers or victims of opportunists everywhere in war zones. By the way, ’women/girls’ around the world think, that they have been ’bullied by boys’ for a long time and they think, they are ’fighting back’>

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                  • 28 July 08:32, by Pakuai

                    There was this young ’Saudi Arabia woman’ who is alleged to had away from her Saudi Arabia bully family to ’Muwait, Thailand and was hold up’ in Thailand on her way to Australia. All the ’women/girls’ around world screaming to let the young lady go. The Canadian government came to her aid. And when she landed in Toronto, Canadian young women were waiting for her with flowers at the airport>>>

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                    • 28 July 08:46, by Pakuai

                      I was watching the news of that young Saudi Arabian woman and one of friend jokingly said, that "women/girls think, that is just a small, victory; and they think, they are fighting back". That is very true. Women/girls around the world don’t like rubbish. There are evil women/girls around the world though. But over 90% of women/girls don’t rubbish>>>

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                      • 28 July 08:56, by Pakuai

                        but there are some evils women/girls in the world. And they are in the evil juus (so-called israel) and the devil infested lsland of England. But these evils are going to be removed on face of earth once and for all. The evils love affair with our country and our people has gone too far. And the evils are going to be bombed to near OBLIVION OUT of out of our country and over our people,>>>>>

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                        • 28 July 09:07, by Pakuai

                          once and for all, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. My lowly informed South Sudanese fools. The so-called ANGLO-AMERICAN criminals and some of their creeps here in our region *covet our country and our people* death. As explained to you some of you South Sudanese losers. South Sudan is considered to be where the so-called *UN ONE WORLD ORDER GOVERNMENT* to be STARTED in*.>>>>

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  • 28 July 22:41, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    The biggest calamity in South Sudan is,some men do not understand the rights of women/ girls in South Sudan. Serious training is need for both men and women to end Gender-Based Violence in our communities.

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