United Nations experts warn that rape victims in South Sudan, especially those who have been gang-raped many times during the continuing violence in the nation, lack access to medical and trauma care.
Women in South Sudan are no longer bothering to report frequent sexual attacks, according to a UN panel on human rights there.
According to the commission, some women have had up to five rapes in the past nine years.
“Just imagine what it means to be raped by multiple armed men, pick yourself up for the sake of your children and then for it to happen again and again and again,” said Yasmin Sooka, the chairperson of the panel.
She added: “These women are asking us when it will stop – 2013, 2016, 2018, 2021 and now in 2022 – they say they keep telling their stories and nothing changes.”
The panel claimed that there is no medical care for rape victims in some areas in Western Equatoria State and Unity State, where war is still going on.
“Women raped by armed forces while collecting firewood are threatened with death if they report it,” said Prof Andrew Clapham, a member of the panel.
The experts have been speaking on the situation in South Sudan at meetings at the UN General Assembly in New York.