A Deadly, Humiliating Weapon of War

War-weary South Sudanese women trying to reach Uganda’s refugee camps often faced a second wave of attacks along the way—sexual violence.

Rape has been a defining part of the civil war that has collapsed South Sudan, writes Pulitzer Center fellow Amanda Sperber, driving nearly 1 million South Sudanese over the border to Uganda since December 2013.

For some, rape meant infection with HIV as well, documented by Amnesty International and the Lancet—a situation made worse by a severe lack of medical services and the heavy sense of stigma and shame survivors bear.

The Quote: “Much of the sexual violence in the areas of armed conflict appears clearly designed to humiliate the victim and the victim's community,” says Alan Boswell, an analyst on South Sudan for the International Crisis Group.
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

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