125 women and girls whipped, raped, clubbed in South Su­dan

Daily Press (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

JUBA, South Su­dan — One hun­dred and twentyfive women and girls have been raped, whipped and clubbed in at­tacks so shock­ing that some aid work­ers in South Su­dan say they are left speech­less.

Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders on Satur­day said the “dra­matic in­crease” in sex­ual vi­o­lence oc­curred over 10 days, be­tween Nov. 19 and Thurs­day, as the women and girls walked to a food dis­tri­bu­tion site in Ben­tiu in Unity state. By con­trast, the med­i­cal char­ity’s Ben­tiu clinic treated 104 sur­vivors of sex­ual as­sault in the first 10 months of this year.

A mid­wife with Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders said vic­tims in­cluded preg­nant and el­derly women and girls as young as 10. U.N. of­fi­cials said the at­tacks were car­ried out by men in mil­i­tary uni­forms and civil­ian cloth­ing.

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