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June 19, 2015

Juba (AFP) – Warring forces in South Sudan have carried out horrific crimes against children, including castration, rape and tying them together before slitting their throats, the UN has said.

“Survivors report that boys have been castrated and left to bleed to death… girls as young as eight have been gang raped and murdered,” UN children’s agency chief Anthony Lake said in a statement released earlier this week.

“Children have been tied together before their attackers slit their throats… others have been thrown into burning buildings.”

Tens of thousands are believed to have been killed in the 18-month war, although there is no clear toll. At least 129 children were killed in May in the northern state of Unity, scene of some of heaviest fighting in the civil war, Unicef added.

Civil war began in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of planning a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings across the country that has split the poverty-stricken, landlocked country along ethnic lines.

It has been characterised by ethnic massacres, rape and the use of child soldiers.
Children rush to a field demarcated for food-drops on February 24, 2015 at the village in Nyal in So …
“The violence against children in South Sudan has reached a new level of brutality,” Lake added. Thousands of children have also been abducted to fight.

“Children are also being aggressively recruited into armed groups of both sides on an alarming scale – an estimated 13,000 children forced to participate in a conflict not of their making,” Lake added.

“Imagine the psychological and physical effects on these children – not only of the violence inflicted on them but also the violence they are forced to inflict on others.”

A quarter of a million children face starvation , while two-thirds of the country’s 12 million people need aid, with 4.5 million people facing severe food insecurity, according to the UN.

“In the name of humanity and common decency this violence against the innocent must stop,” he said.


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  1. opheliart permalink

    you want to talk about mass murder?

    you need to CLEAN HOUSE first then go after these … because something keeps this EVIL salivating … fueled and … hard to believe … but still active. how can anyone allow innocent children to endure these acts?


    • opheliart permalink

      Main article: Religion in South Sudan

      Sunday Mass in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rumbek
      Religions followed by the South Sudanese include traditional indigenous religions, Christianity or Islam.[95][96] The last census to mention the religion of southerners dates back to 1956 where a majority were classified as following traditional beliefs or were Christian while 18% were Muslim.[97] Scholarly[98][99][100] and some U.S. Department of State sources[24] state that a majority of southern Sudanese maintain traditional indigenous (sometimes referred to as animist) beliefs with those following Christianity in a minority (albeit an influential one), which would make South Sudan one of the very few countries in the world where most people follow traditional indigenous religion. However, according to the U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report of 2012 the majority of the population adhere to Christianity, while reliable statistics on animist and Muslim belief are not available.[101]

      The Federal Research Division of the US Library of Congress states that “in the early 1990s possibly no more than 10% of southern Sudan’s population was Christian”.[102] In the early 1990s, official records of Sudan claimed that the population of what was then included as South Sudan, 25% of people followed traditional religions and 5% were Christians.[103] However, some news reports claim a Christian majority,[104][105] and the US Episcopal Church claims the existence of large numbers of Anglican adherents from the Episcopal Church of the Sudan: 2 million members in 2005.[106]

      Likewise, according to the World Christian Encyclopedia, the Catholic Church is the largest single Christian body in Sudan since 1995, with 2.7 million Catholics mainly concentrated in South Sudan.[107] A December 18, 2012 report on religion and public life by the Pew Research Center states that in 2010, 60.5% of South Sudan’s population was Christian, 32.9% were followers of traditional African religion and 6.2% were Muslim.[108]

      The Presbyterian Church in Sudan is the third largest denomination in Southern Sudan. It has about 1,000,000 members in 500 congregations.[109] Some publishers described the conflicts prior to partition as a Muslim-Christian war, but others reject this notion, claiming Muslim and Christian sides sometimes overlapped.[110]

      Speaking at Saint Theresa Cathedral in Juba, South Sudanese President Kiir, a Roman Catholic, said that South Sudan would be a nation that respects freedom of religion.[111] Amongst Christians, most are Catholic and Anglican, though other denominations are also active, and animist beliefs are often blended with Christian beliefs

      THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS THE LARGEST SINGLE CHRISTIAN BODY IN SUDAN SINCE 1995, WITH 2.7 million CAtholics mainly concentrated in South Sudan.

  2. opheliart permalink

    I wonder where “pope fran”picked up what is in Jay’s commentary


    • opheliart permalink

      from yesterday’s comments … you dig?

      finally getting around to the big who-ha on the papal encyclical …
      have not read it, as we do not need to be shown what is happening and what is necessary—what is urgent and what is still in the finding stages–coming from a dogmatic institution … and no pope sees the bigger piece on this …

      we have been steadily doing our part for a while now and as we learn more we will hopefully do more … can’t speak for the catholic congregations

      but I was curious to see what the reviews would be. what I am seeing is that the document has yet to be reviewed thoroughly and … there are a number that feel the rcc is one of the guilty parties and should put its money where its mouth is … and it is a conversion tactic—a tactic to get peeps in the pews, and to not upset those major rc magnates … you dig?

  3. opheliart permalink–abc-news-topstories.html

    in some situations it is better to say nothing at all

    one might ask WHERE this man has been most of his nephew’s life?

    • opheliart permalink

      PARENTS—FAMILY MEMBERS (and yes, we also mean church family) …
      Don’t you have a job to do? If you take on the responsibility of MARRIAGE and HAVING SEX PRODUCING CHILDREN … and “your child” goes awry … do you wash your hands of his life?

      the questions will always remain: where were you when he struggled? what did he feed on while in your house?

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