South Sudan

Rape is being used as tool of ethnic violence in South Sudan

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In what experts are calling the single worst atrocity since fighting broke out in South Sudan last December, hundreds of men, women, and children were killed last month when rebels seized the northern oil town of Bentiu. The rebels denied the allegations, saying it was retreating government troops who perpetrated the murders.

The attacks, which included raids on a hospital, church, mosque, and even a UN World Food Programme compound, resulted in “piles of bodies [lining] the streets where they had been executed…the majority wearing civilian clothes,” according to Toby Lanzer, a top UN aid official in the country.

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