BREAKING: UN says militiamen loyal to FVP Taban raping women near Bentiu

Soldiers loyal to FVP Taban Deng Gai in Unity State (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

February 15th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The United Nations said in a report on Friday that armed men and militia group loyal to the First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai continues to carry out brutal sexual violence with “pervasive impunity” and a level of “premeditation” in the norther region of Unity.

The report of the investigation jointly conducted by the U.N. Human Rights Office and the U.N. Mission in South Sudan said at least 134 women and girls were raped, including some as young as eight, between September and December last year.

The report said an additional 41 females suffered different forms of sexual and physical violence.

Despite the signing of a revitalized version of a 2015 peace in September last year, the world body warns that endemic conflict-related sexual violence continues in northern Unity state.

The report said almost 90 percent of the women and girls were raped by more than one perpetrator and often over several hours adding that pregnant women and nursing mothers were also among the victims, including one mother who was nine months pregnant.

“The volatility of the situation in South Sudan combined with the lack of accountability for violations and abuses committed throughout Unity, likely leads armed actors to believe that they can get away with rape and other horrific forms of sexual violence,” Michelle Bachelet, the U.N high commissioner for human rights, said.

The report said although most of the attacks were carried out by youth militia groups loyal to First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, South Sudan’s government army were also involved.