South Sudan – “if men are caught, they are killed, if women are caught, they are raped” – atrocities in equatoria region turn country’s breadbasket into a killing field

In South Sudan’s Equatoria region government and opposition forces have committed war crimes and widespread human rights abuses against civilians. Men, women and children have been shot, hacked to death with machetes and burned alive in their homes. Women and girls have been gang-raped, some after having been abducted. Homes, schools, medical facilities and humanitarian organizations’ compounds have been looted, vandalized and burned down. Such atrocities have already forcibly displaced close to a million people from their homes in a food-rich region which has become a place where those who remain are facing acute hunger and malnutrition. WARNING: the report contains one graphic image.

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