South Sudan conflict have brutalized women: ICRC

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September 10th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s ongoing civil war have brutalized South Sudan’s women according to the International Committee of Red Cross.

The Global Director of Humanitarian Operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Dominik Stillhart, has said that any political solutions initiated by South Sudan warring factions must take into account the needs of the marginalized populations particularly women and children.

“It is important that any political solution takes into account the needs of everyday South Sudanese people, especially marginalized groups like women” said Dominik Stillhart.

He said the effect of the ongoing conflict has inflicted an acute humanitarian catastrophe in the country.

“The human cost of continued conflict in South Sudan has led to humanitarian catastrophe inside the country. That’s not hyperbole, that’s fact,” he said.

He said although the civilian population should not bear the brunt of the civil war, it happens in South Sudan.

“Civilians should not bear the brunt of conflict, but in South Sudan they often do. So far this year, the ICRC has admitted 69 children and 47 women into our hospitals with injuries from weapons. Untold thousands of children are being deprived of school and many are separated from their families,” he said.

The ICRC’s Director stated that the conflict in Africa’s youngest nation has had devastating impacts predominantly on women as they are still facing a variety of issues including taking care of children and foraging for food from remote areas calling the South Sudan’s conflicting parties at the peace talks to fully address the issues of the marginalized civilian population in the country.

“The conflict has been particularly brutal on women. They are left to fight for the survival of their families, fleeing with their children and foraging for food,” he said.