Cease­fire mon­i­tors ac­cuse forces, rebels of civil­ian killings

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION -

South Sudan’s army mas­sa­cred civil­ians, burned chil­dren alive and gang-raped women after a sup­posed cease­fire with rebels in De­cem­ber, ac­cord­ing to re­ports by mon­i­tors ap­pointed by the coun­try’s East African neigh­bors on a five-year-old civil war.

South Sudan, which won in­de­pen­dence from Sudan in 2011, has de­nied tar­get­ing civil­ians and called the re­ports, com­piled in the last three months by the Juba-based CTSAMM mon­i­tor­ing group, ex­ag­ger­ated.

The four­teen CTSAMM re­ports also ac­cuse rebels led by for­mer deputy pres­i­dent Riek Machar of us­ing child sol­diers, some­thing a Machar spokesman de­nied.

The re­ports have not been pub­licly re­leased de­spite pledges by the lead­ers of South Sudan’s neigh­bors to name those who vi­o­lated the De­cem­ber cease­fire and pun­ish them.

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