SPLA soldiers enter Juba PoC and assaulted, UN says
JUBA (18 Sep.)

Two SPLA soldiers in plain clothes entered the UN protection of civilians
site in Juba where they were assaulted and held captive overnight
apparently by individuals inside, the U.N. Mission in South Sudan said on

“When UNMISS UN police were notified, a formed police unit deployed
immediately and conducted a successful rescue operation. The individuals
informed UNMISS they had entered into PoC3 at their own free will,” UNMISS
said in a statement.

It is the latest incident of insecurity near or at the PoC, UNMISS said,
and comes at a time when the government has aggressively criticized the
sites, saying there are many criminals inside.

But government soldiers have been accused of fermenting instability around
the PoC's as well. Witnesses and survivors inside the PoC told Radio
Tamazuj that soldiers wearing government uniforms have gang-raped women
after fighting in June. The UN says they have reports of over 200 cases of
sexual violence against women living in the camp, which holds roughly
37,000 people and there are reports that the attacks continue.

“The UN can only work with the cooperation of the Transitional Government
to reinforce the protection of civilians,” UNMISS said.

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