South Sudan army raped and then burned girls alive, says UN

Report by UN rights investigators accuses Sudan People’s Liberation Army of brutality and widespread abuses in civil war

South Sudan Army rapping, torturing and burning girls alive in Unity State(Photo: supplied)

South Sudan Army rapping, torturing, abducting and burning girls alive in Unity State(Photo: supplied)

June 30, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s army raped then burned girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign notable for its “new brutality and intensity”, a UN rights report said on Tuesday.

Rights investigators from the UN mission in the Republic of South Sudan (Unmiss) warned of “widespread human rights abuses”, including gang-rape and torture in a report based on 115 victims and eyewitnesses from the northern state of Unity, scene of some of the heaviest recent fighting in the 18-month-long civil war.

The military, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), launched a major offensive against rebel forces in April, with fierce fighting in Unity state’s northern Mayom district, once a key oil-producing area.

“Survivors of these attacks reported that SPLA and allied militias from Mayom county carried out a campaign against the local population that killed civilians, looted and destroyed villages and displaced over 100,000 people,” the UN said.

“Some of the most disturbing allegations compiled by Unmiss human rights officers focused on the abduction and sexual abuse of women and girls, some of whom were reportedly burned alive in their dwellings.”

Investigators said they had collected at least nine separate incidents where “women and girls were burned in tukuls (huts) after being gang-raped” as well as scores of cases of sexual violence, many the rape of mothers in front of their children.

The UN said ​​it had tried to visit the sites of atrocities described by witnesses, but was denied access by the army

Photographs in the report, seen by AFP, show the burnt circles left after huts were set on fire, with all buildings apparently razed to the ground.

One witness described seeing “government forces gang-raping a lactating mother after tossing her baby aside”, the report read. Another described how troops made a women squeeze “burning-red coals” in her hands to reveal the whereabouts of rebels or cattle.

Rebel forces have also been accused of carrying out atrocities, including rape, killings and the recruitment of child soldiers.

There was no immediate response from the army, which has previously dismissed allegations of rights abuses. The UN said the report had been handed to government officials, who were yet to comment on its findings.

The UN said it had tried to visit the sites of the atrocities described by witnesses, but was routinely denied access by the army.

The Unmiss chief, Ellen Margrethe Loej, called for “unfettered access” to investigate the reported crimes. “Revealing the truth of what happened offers the best hope for ensuring accountability for such terrible violence and ending the cycle of impunity that allows these abuses to continue,” she said.

The civil war began in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of planning a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings that have split the poverty-stricken country along ethnic lines.

The upsurge in fighting “has not only been marked by allegations of killing, rape, abduction, looting, arson and displacement, but by a new brutality and intensity”, the UN statement added. “The scope and level of cruelty that has characterised the reports suggests a depth of antipathy that exceeds political differences.”

The UN children’s agency, Unicef, said in a report this month that the warring forces have carried out horrific crimes against children, including castration, rape and killings.

Four years after South Sudan won its independence, two-thirds of the country’s 12 million people need aid, according to the UN, and one-sixth have fled their homes.

Kiir and Machar met last weekend in the Kenyan capital Nairobi for the latest push to strike a peace deal, but rebel spokesman Mabior Garang said they “failed to bear any tangible results”.

At least seven ceasefires have been signed and broken during successive rounds of talks.

Even as the Nairobi talks were under way, a key regional capital in South Sudan reportedly changed hands once again as a renegade tribal warlord attacked the town of Malakal and declared his allegiance to Machar’s rebels.

A rebel statement said that former government general Johnson Olony – accused by aid agencies of forcibly recruiting hundreds of child soldiers – was in “full control” of the ruined town of Malakal, the state capital of Upper Nile, but the army dismissed the claim.

~ The Guardian Uk

16 comments

  • brutality against women is immoral, our people should fight only the strong. boys and girls did not caused the war to be victimized like that.

  • Horrible pictures of girls soaked in blood after raping them and no medical treatment provided. UNIMISS will share the blame. What is their role to protect the civil population. An apocalyptic senseless killings. Shame on South Sudan. Where is human rights? Totally ethnic and this war is being waged on innocent civil population.

  • Lualdit

    Reading this news killed me inside. My question is, where is the opposition movement? What is their response to this humiliation? Why is the movement wasting time and not coordinate offensive? Why is the movement not looking for weapons and ammunition from anyone? Why is the oil allow flowing? Why is the leadership is damn so weak and lack ball and gut to mobilized the entire country to get rid of this evil government? Going to IGAD and UN is waste of time if we cannot fix our own house. The oil can stop if a sustain attack is made around it. Even if it is not capture, a sustain fighting around it will force foreigners to leave and shut it down. This should be THe goal. If it mean destruction to the oil facilities, so be it. It’s better destroy then being used to destroy our mother, children and our dignity.
    Damn you Gatmachar for your weakness.

  • TaAP

    That is really outragous act against humanity.

  • Emmanuel Sunday Bol

    This initiative was planned by the Current Caretaker Governor of Unity State Dr. Joseph Monytuil Wejangand his clans armies general, Puol Jang and Thayip Gatluak and the Commissioner of Mayom County Brig. Gen. John Bol Mayak.

    They ordered their forces and armies civilians to destroyed the home land of Taban Deng which is Guit, Koch and Rubkona County. these people must be investigated and should face justice otherwise retaliation will be underway soon

  • The so-called SPLM-IO had recaptured Malakal again which is good news for rebels,but let Dr.Riek Machar go there to celebrate July 9 if he is the future leader of South Sudan. I think he will go to Malakal before July 9.
    Fool day April 1 is now July 1 in South Sudan.

  • Chuolkhan

    What are u talking about those who are already kill their brothers and sisters ,raping ,and looting ,burning any living things around the areas you guys take care of youths who were given dollars by their brothers who are already supported kiir know my message is to ward u guys mean those who are supported the government with in Bentui state ACCORDING to YOUR SECTIONS (7 sections) take or leave it be with full of attention of those groups of food lovers who committed to kill their people .How and why you guys of other section within Bentiue to turn -up your minds ????/ so take out your guns and fight to your enemy fight them i meaning the government .Plse do what every u like to do together with rebels in order to protect your people from there mind u guys especial youths of other section out of Bul section see what is going on from your side the government is already giving huge of dollars to those who supported them to kill each other among seven sections in Bentiu then tomorrow they will laugh at you because you are showing your stupidity to kill your children and raping your mother and sisters who are really Nuer like you what is that???????burning-down your areas to me it is not good for you to do it so is better for them to do that meaning Dinkas of kiir why not Dinka do that by themselves there in Bentui????????? only you guys of Western Nuer(naath) do that. Let Dinkas come and do all every things and destroy every things by themselves which will make sense to other tribes in South -sudan shame on you those who are committed to kill their people because of money while Dinkas of kiir were fearing to come alone as they are really Dinkas to make things worse and worsen in our areas very great mistake to us we the Nuer(naath) in general so tomorrow they proud of that instead to influenced you to burn down your areas and raping your sisters and mothers while you are really true Nuer what will be the beneficiaries for you guys ?????????????????????????? Now what do you experiences of those girls who are in pick up car of government how do u look them meaning the situation where they are ? do u recognized them?????do they are your sisters??? looking like you ????????????very clearly they are true Nuer girl they look like u they can fight them blaming you those who have done all look their tension how they are looking the environment sorry,sorry,sorry

  • this girls are victimized by the rebels to discredited the image of the government of south Sudan in the eyes of the international community .this is a rebels brutality to brutalized the citizens of unity state to put faire on them not to support the government.

  • Stupid ALONEWOLF Warap state who is foolish not to accept reality.

  • Madong Kuoth

    It was very shamefully indeed, Gaatmontuil Wejang plus blindness Puljang will pay a big prize with this crimed which their militias plus dinka militias burned girls whom they raped alive.

  • aka lawrence

    The issue is all about training the army how to do things in the war areas and where, the other thing is if all S.P.L.A commanders Ara not trained just brought form home given a stars that he does not know the use and how do we south Sudanese accept peace in the nation .God knows the wrong doer they will soon go to court of heaven and die .long live south Sudan,long live S.P.L.A.IO

  • to be stupid is not bad as I hold PHD from leer.

  • AGUMUT
    I’m not really sure because the world is the world of technology anyone can make over the pictures to be look real, let us just take it the way they are.