Fresh cases of sexual violence, killing reported in Unity State

Fresh cases of sexual violence, killing reported in Unity State

At least five organizations said cases of sexual violence and other forms of inhumane treatment particularly against women, are rife in Unity State.

This was revealed after a joint delegation comprising AU, R-JMEC, EU, Troika and UNMISS conducted high-level solidarity and diplomatic mission to Bentiu, Leer and Mirmir on 12 May 2022.

The visit came following recent clashes in Adok Port and surrounding areas.

 “The joint delegation heard accusations and counteraccusations on the atrocities committed leading to deaths, injuries, abductions, sexual violence against women, displacements as well as the destruction of civilian property and the burning of schools,” a part of a statement seen by Juba Echo read.

It said the delegation had constructive and frank discussions with the Governor of Unity State, County Commissioners of Koch, Leer and Mayendit, along with traditional leaders, women, youth and others directly impacted by the conflict.

In April, President Salva Kiir formed a committee to investigate the causes of the violence which occurred between 17 February and 7 April in Southern Unity State.

“The joint delegation expressed its solidarity with the people and Government of South Sudan and welcomed the announcement by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, of a high-level investigation committee and the deployment of SSPDF to help restore security in the area,” it said.

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