Reuters: Sexual Violence in South Sudan-A Tactic of War
Rebecca’s story is, sadly not uncommon, but is characteristic of the “new normal” where the tyranny of sexual violence is used as a weapon of war in many conflicts. It is being used for political ends, for ethnic cleansing and to sow terror and cause panic amongst civilians. It is destroying lives, fuelling the conflict, creating more refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs).
In South Sudan this may be jeopardizing any hope for a ceasefire as well as undermining the long-term prospects for reconciliation.