South Sudan military raped girls and burned them alive inside the house: UN 

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June 30, Khartoum: UN mission in South Sudan said that SS recent military campaign was notable for raping and then burning girls alive inside their house. A report by its mission in the country warned that recent upsurge in fighting has been marked by a new brutality and intensity.

Members of the UN mission in Sudan (UNMISS) said they interviewed 115 victims and eyewitnesses in Unity state where South Sudanese forces were involved in fighting against opposition fighters in April.

The statement said that the survivors allege that the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) killed civilians, destroyed villages and displaced 100,000 people.

UNMISS human rights officers visited two additional sites of alleged atrocities and conducted more interviews of eyewitnesses and victims, the statement said.

South Sudan attained independence in 2011 but the country has disintegrated into chaos. Thousands of people have been killed and almost two million displaced in a civil conflict that erupted in late 2013 as forces loyal to Salva Kiir tried to put down an uprising led by his former deputy, Riek Machar.

Peace talks between the factions collapsed in March this year, and clashes have since escalated.

The Oslo Times

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