South Sudan "scorched earth" policy revealed in UN probe

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Women and children have suffered devastating attacks in South Sudan's Unity State. Photo: UNICEF/South Sudan/Sebastian Rich

South Sudan's government is responsible for a multitude of horrendous human rights violations which include a so-called "scorched earth" policy against civilians involving rape, murder and pillaging, the UN said Friday.

In a report published by the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, investigators recorded more than 1,300 rapes in one state over a five-month period.

The country, which is the world's youngest after declaring independence in 2011, has been split by civil war since December 2013, and now UN agencies have expressed renewed alarm about the dire humanitarian situation there.

Daniel Johnson reports from Geneva.

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