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Women Bear Brunt of South Sudan Conflict, UN Official Says

The executive director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (third from left) is briefed as she tours a U.N. base in Juba where thousands of people have sought shelter from weeks of unrest in South Sudan.
The executive director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (third from left) is briefed as she tours a U.N. base in Juba where thousands of people have sought shelter from weeks of unrest in South Sudan.
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— The head of the U.N. agency that fights for gender equality and the empowerment of women said Wednesday that women and children have borne the brunt of the conflict in South Sudan, and called for women to play a leading role at  peace talks under way in Addis Ababa.

"For peace to take root in South Sudan, women and men and young people must play a full role in a national dialogue, peace negotiations, nation-building and strengthening social cohesion in the country," Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, the executive director of U.N. Women, told reporters in Juba, where she was wrapping up a two-day visit to South Sudan.

During her visit, Ngcuka visited a U.N. base in Juba, where thousands have sought shelter from the fighting that began in the capital in December before spreading to the rest of the country.
They told me about yearning for peace in South Sudan.

There, Ngcuka said, women told her "about their suffering, the violence they had endured, the children and husbands they had lost or been separated from."

"They told me about the lack of food, water and medication and the lack of safe spaces for them and their children to receive some form of education. They told me about disease and death. And they told me about their yearning for peace for South Sudan," she told reporters.
Women carry the body of a civilian killed in the center of Malakal, Upper Nile State in South Sudan, Jan. 21, 2014.Women carry the body of a civilian killed in the center of Malakal, Upper Nile State in South Sudan, Jan. 21, 2014.
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Women carry the body of a civilian killed in the center of Malakal, Upper Nile State in South Sudan, Jan. 21, 2014.
Women carry the body of a civilian killed in the center of Malakal, Upper Nile State in South Sudan, Jan. 21, 2014.

Ngcuka described what she saw in the camp as "beyond my wildest fears."

During my visit to the UN compound and the civilian protection units, I spoke to women who had left their homes and belongings behind and are struggling to care for their children. They told me about their suffering, the violence they had endured, the children and husbands they had lost or been separated from. They told me about the lack of food, water and medication and the lack of safe spaces for them and their children to receive some form of education. They told me about disease and death. And they told me about their yearning for peace for South Sudan. - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/ca/news/stories/2014/2/ed-press-statement-on-south-sudan#sthash.vXnikYO1.dpuf
During my visit to the UN compound and the civilian protection units, I spoke to women who had left their homes and belongings behind and are struggling to care for their children. They told me about their suffering, the violence they had endured, the children and husbands they had lost or been separated from. They told me about the lack of food, water and medication and the lack of safe spaces for them and their children to receive some form of education. They told me about disease and death. And they told me about their yearning for peace for South Sudan. - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/ca/news/stories/2014/2/ed-press-statement-on-south-sudan#sthash.vXnikYO1.dpuf
Some of the women told her they have been sexually abused, and called for their assailants to be punished.

Ngcuka cited a recent survey that found that more than 40 per cent of women in South sudan have suffered physical or sexual violence.

"Women have told me that this violence takes many forms and includes domestic violence and wife battery, abduction of women and children during cattle raids, rape and sexual assault, wife inheritance, forced and child marriages, and the practice of giving a girl child in compensation for a crime or a wrong committed by her family," Ngcuka said.

The South Sudanese army has said that around 100 soldiers have been arrested for abuses, including rape, since the conflict began.

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by: malolo kudior from: S.Sudan
February 20, 2014 8:49 AM
I wish our leaders are going to see and hear the voice of thier victims during their power strungling. But still they will not know and understand thier tears and suffering since it is even becoming a kind of business. If they are God chosen, then they will realise something happen but self appointee will never ever >>>>>>>>>>>>>

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