Saturday, March 12, 2016

South Sudan government reportedly letting soldiers rape women in lieu of pay

Could this be true?  We have become so very jaded by now that anything and everything we read is suspect. Clearly, if true, this is a war crime but as it's not happening in that particular patch of the world which takes up the world's self appointed policeman's focus every second of the day, every week of the month, every month of the year, every year of every decade ... who cares, right?  As long as the chaos is maintained at its highest level in the Middle East Muslim countries, all's well in and with, the planet of the USA.

From Quartz
The South Sudanese government is allowing soldiers to rape women in lieu of pay
The South Sudanese government is deliberately targeting civilians as part of a “scorched earth policy” that includes rape, killing, and pillaging, according to the United Nations and Amnesty International.

Both the government and opposition groups have attacked civilians since fighting broke out in December 2013, but a UN report published today (March 11) claims that state actors “bore the greatest responsibility for the violations of both international and human rights law.”....

....Rape has become part of an intentional strategy to “terrorize and punish the population,” according the UN report. Groups allied with the government are raping women as a substitute for wages, page 48 of the report says:

    The assessment team received information that the armed militias, mainly comprising of youth from Mayom or Koch who carry out attacks together with the SPLA commit violations under an agreement of “do what you can and take what you can.” Most of the youth therefore also raided cattle, stole personal property, raped and abducted women and girls as a form of payment.

More than 1,300 reports of rape were recorded in just one state, Unity, over the course of five months last year. Gang rapes are common and women are being forced into sexual slavery or forced to marry their abductors. ....

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