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Victims of sexual violence in South Sudan without proper care and stigmatized

May 20, 2020

Sexual violence has become endemic since the outbreak of the conflict in South Sudan in 2013 and has been used by various armed groups as a weapon of war. Despite the peace agreement signed in September 2018, the problem persists and its victims with serious physical and mental consequences find themselves without a suitable place for help and are very often stigmatized by what they have experienced.

This emerges from the latest report by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the country’s United Nations Human Rights Office, which documented 356 incidents of conflict-related sexual violence between January 2018 and January 2020 involving at least 1,423 victims, including 302 minors. Both government forces and various armed groups were behind these acts.

This is despite the fact that in 2019 and 2020, the army and police controlled by President Salva Kiir, the armed forces led by Riek Machar – the leader of the rebels and current Vice-Presidents – and the National Salvation Front supported and issued orders to issue concrete orders Take measures to prevent sexual violence from members of their ranks.

Victims of sexual violence in South Sudan without proper care and stigmatized
Victims of sexual violence in South Sudan without proper care and stigmatized

The Access to Health for Survivors of Conflicting Sexual Violence in South Sudan report explores the availability of adequate health care in the Central and Western Unity and Equator regions, where 85 percent of the population live incidents that have been documented in the analyzed period.