UN Experts Seek Support for South Sudan Victims of Abuse

United Nations experts have warned that victims of sexual violence in South Sudan lack access to medical and trauma care.

This includes children and women who have been gang-raped countless times in the ongoing conflict in the country.

A UN panel on human rights in South Sudan say women are no longer bothering to report repeated sexual assaults.

The experts have made submissions on the situation in South Sudan during sessions at the UN General Assembly in New York.

The panel said some women have been raped up to five times, by known and unknown persons in the last nine years.

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“Just imagine what it means to be raped by multiple armed men, pick yourself up for the sake of your children and then for it to happen again and again and again,” said Yasmin Sooka, the chairperson of the panel.

Yasmin Sooka is a leading human rights lawyer from South Africa. She is currently the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Sudan.

She added: “These women are asking us when it will stop – 2013, 2016, 2018, 2021 and now in 2022 – they say they keep telling their stories and nothing changes.”

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