Violence in South Sudan claims more than 100 lives

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South Sudan’s army and several armed groups killed more than 100 civilians in a surge in violence in a southern region of the country after a peace deal was signed last year, a UN report said.

The armed forces committed sexual violence including rape against around 100 women and girls in the same region, Central Equatoria, between September 2018 and April 2019, the report by the UN peacekeeping mission in the country found.

The violence in Central Equatoria is an exception to the trend of a “significant decrease in conflict-related violations and abuses” across South Sudan since the deal was signed, the report said.

Lul Ruai Koang, South Sudan’s military spokesman, said he had not seen the report and declined to comment.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 but descended into a civil war two years later. A 2018 study found nearly 400,000 people died as a result of the war.

After a string of failed agreements, the two major warring parties signed a deal last September. In May, both agreed to give six more months to form a unity government as part of the deal.