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Woman assaulted, gang-raped by six men in Northern Bahr el Ghazal

Juba, South Sudan,

May 28th, 2021 – A 41-year-old woman who is rehabilitating at Nyamlel Primary Health Care Centre was physically assaulted and gang-raped by six men in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, Nyamilepedia can report.

Woman assaulted, gang-raped by six men in Northern Bahr el Ghazal
Map of South Sudan highlighting the position of Northern Barh el Ghazal (photo credit: VOA)

The incident happened in Aweil West County in an incident which, the community says, is a reflection of continuous sexual and physical violence against women in the country.

According to information received by Nyamilepedia Friday evening, authorities in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State are conducting investigations into the incident involving six yet-to-be identified men who attacked the woman at around 9 pm.

State Spokesperson Capt. Guot Akol said the woman was on a visiting mission to a relative who was bitten by a dog when the bandits descended on her.

“She was on her way to see one of her relatives who was bitten by a stray dog, but on the way, she was intercepted and attacked by six men,” Akol said.

The criminals reportedly beat her up, raped her, and left her unconscious to the extent that the victim could not walk. They also confiscated her phone. Captain Akol said the survivor’s parents reported the case to the police station in Nyamlel town on Thursday morning.

The perpetrators are still at large, but the police said they are conducting investigations about the incident.

Cases of sexual gender-based violence remained widespread across the country.

The United Nations Population Fund recently said a total of 6,295 reported incidents of gender-based violence were recorded from January 1 to September 30, 2020.

There have been several calls by UN agencies and international NGOs on South Sudan’s government to address the social tensions in their society.

High levels of illiteracy and cultural baggage account for some reasons that explain the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence among most tribes across South Sudan.

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