UN says over 150 South Sudan women, girls raped in 12 days
Addis Ababa, December 4, 2018 (FBC) – Sudanese women and girls have come forward in the past 12 days to seek help after they were raped or suffered other forms of sexual violence, the heads of three UN agencies said on Monday.
The three agencies-UNICEF, OCHA and UNFPA, said the attacks were carried out near the northern city of Bentiu by armed men, many of whom were in uniforms.
The three agencies condemned “these abhorrent attacks” and called on South Sudan authorities to ensure the perpetrators face justice.
Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF, last week said 125 women and girls had been raped while walking to emergency food distribution centres set up by international aid agencies.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attacks.
The UN chief urged all parties in the South Sudan conflict and leaders of the country to ensure safety of civilians and address impunity for the crimes through investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators.