Probe into South Sudan July attacks points to "lack of leadership"

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Patrick Cammaert. UN Photo/Joao Castellano (file photo)

An outbreak of violence in South Sudan in July in which some 300 people died and many women were raped was characterised by a "lack of leadership" and clarity over the UN's mandate, the head of an independent special investigation team has said.

Acts of violence were committed against civilians and peacekeepers in the capital Juba from 8 to 11 July by the South Sudanese army, SPLA, and opposition forces.

The UN Secretary-General quickly appointed a Special Investigation Team to determine the circumstances surrounding the incidents.

Ban Ki-moon was also concerned about allegations that the UN Mission there UNMISS did not respond appropriately to prevent this and other grave cases of sexual violence committed in Juba, like the attack at the hotel complex known as "Terrain Camp".Retired Major General Patrick Cammaert has been speaking to Jocelyne Sambira about the findings while reflecting on the chaotic and tragic scenes of that day.

Duration: 6'32''

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