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Sexual Violence Rampant In War-Torn South Sudan, Amnesty International Report Shows

Associated Press: South Sudan Sexual Violence on ‘Massive Scale,’ Report Says
“…Four years into South Sudan’s devastating civil war, the world’s youngest nation is reeling from sexual violence on a ‘massive scale,’ a new Amnesty International report says. Thousands of women, children, and some men are suffering in silence, grappling with mental distress. Some now have HIV. Others were rendered impotent. The report is based on interviews with 168 victims of sexual violence in South Sudan and in refugee camps in neighboring Uganda, home to the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis…” (Mednick, 7/24).

The Guardian: Foreign governments must ‘pressure South Sudan to end epidemic of rape’
“…Thousands of people across the country have been raped since conflict broke out in December 2013, according to the report. The scale and brutality of sexual violence in the country echoes the situation in its neighbor, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where an epidemic of rape began in 1998. The South Sudanese government had failed to hold perpetrators to account, Amnesty said, and many survivors were reluctant to report what had happened to them, particularly if it had involved a government official…” (Maclean, 7/24).

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