Rape Victims In South Sudan Lack Support – UN

United Nations experts warn that rape victims in South Sudan, especially those who have been gang-raped many times during the continuing violence in the nation, lack access to medical and trauma care.

Women in South Sudan are no longer bothering to report frequent sexual attacks, according to a UN panel on human rights there.

According to the commission, some women have had up to five rapes in the past nine years.

Yasmin Sooka, the panel’s chairperson, stated, “Just picture what it means to be raped by several armed guys, to pick yourself up for the sake of your children, and then to have it happen again and again and again.”

“These ladies are asking us when it will stop,” she continued. “They say they keep recounting their tales and nothing changes. They ask us in 2013, 2016, 2018, 2021, and now in 2022.”

The panel claimed that there is no medical care for rape victims in some areas in Western Equatoria State and Unity State, where war is still going on.

Prof. Andrew Clapham, a panel member, stated that women who are raped by the military forces while gathering firewood are risking their lives if they disclose it.

The experts have been speaking on the situation in South Sudan at meetings at the UN General Assembly in New York.

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