Women at UNMISS protection camp call for arrest of rape suspects

Human Rights
Typography

Women living in the UNMISS camp in Malakal in Upper Nile state have called for rape suspects to be apprehended, saying that there has been increased harassment and raping of women.

Women living in the UNMISS camp in Malakal in Upper Nile state have called for rape suspects to be apprehended, saying that there has been increased harassment and raping of women.

 

The IDPs made the call during a sensitization workshop organized by the Gender Unit and the Public Information Office of the UN mission.

 

Sharing their experiences, the women who didn’t want to be identified said they are facing serious challenges of rape and harassment.

 

“We always discuss in our weekly meetings that abortion cases are increasing as there are four cases reported and there are other cases unknown,” said one of them.

 

They expressed regret that the crisis had put women and young girls into a vulnerable situation.

 

“Our children are lost. What we want to say to our men and leaders, we want peace. Because of this war our girls are getting impregnated through raping at an early age of 13 and 14 years old. Giving birth at that age is difficult so they go and get an abortion, or some are making an agreement with those boys to get an abortion, due to lack of education,” she said.   

 

Patricia Paul, from the UNMISS gender office pledged the mission’s support.  She said the UN mission is raising awareness about gender-based violence and family planning.

 

“In the Gender section in UNMISS, we focus on awareness for all the community. And in our meetings with women committees, we also focus on the risks of sexual violence because this is one common problem in the camp. And now we have the phenomenon of abortion resulting from four rape cases reported. That’s why we are focusing more on how to reduce abortion, which is happening because of un-wanted pregnancy. And to reduce un-wanted pregnancies, we need to raise awareness to women, men, girls and elders on how to use family planning methods,” she said.

 

Currently, the UN protection of civilian site in Malakal is accommodating more than 17,000 IDPs, mostly women and children.

 

Meanwhile, an international NGO assisting displaced persons at the UN protection of civilian site at Bentiu, Unity state, says more attention needs to be paid to the education of IDPs. 

 

James Lei Chan, the organization’s monitoring assistant at the Bentiu protection of civilian site, says many of the children have missed months of school because of the ongoing conflict. He added that the government should consider preparing exams for children in the camps.

 

He regretted that pupils in the protection of civilian site did not sit their examinations because of insecurity. He said they have discussed with NGOs and the government to support IDPs’ education.

 

“We want the government to consider the suffering of these pupils by preparing their examinations together with children that are in the schools outside there, so that they are in the same level with other pupils in other states,” he said.

 

The UN protection of civilians site in Bentiu is currently accommodating up to 47,000 IDPs. 

BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS
Sign up via our free email subscription service to receive notifications when new information is available.

Responsive Google Ads 4

[Tab] Content Navigation - Article