"End rape and violence" in South Sudan

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Zainab Hawa Bangura, Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict visits South Sudan. UNMISS/Isaac Alebe Avoro Lu’ba

An appeal to "end rape and violence" in South Sudan has been made by a senior United Nations official.

The Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, is currently in the country to discuss what measures can be taken to prevent and respond to widespread violations taking place.

Since fighting broke out in South Sudan last December, incidents of rape, forced abortion, sexual harassment and murder by all sides have been reported.

Ms Bangura described what people of all ages had experienced.

"During the latest outbreak of conflict in South Sudan, many innocent women, men, girls and boys were subjected to horrible attacks. These included rapes, gang rapes, rapes with guns and bullets and sexual slavery. After being raped, some victims were mutilated and disgraced. Some were killed or died of the injuries sustained."

A ceasefire agreement has recently been signed between the Government of South Sudan and rebel forces commanded by the former Vice President, Riek Machar.

The agreement has not stopped sexual violence according to Ms Bangura.

She said she was committed to working with the government to ensure that those responsible for criminal acts would be identified and prosecuted.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration:  1'29"

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