On July 11th, South Sudanese troops went on a violent rampage after defeating opposition forces in the nation’s capital. Much of the violence occurred in a residential compound that housed foreigners, where a journalist was killed and several aid workers were assaulted. However, people all over the city were attacked by the soldiers.
Refugee camps were shelled by government forces, and refugee women who left their camps in search of food were robbed and raped by soldiers. Due to the level of government security in the area it’s been difficult to establish how many people were injured or killed, but countless reports of gang rapes, robberies, lootings, and targeted killings have all surfaced. Most of these incidents appear to have happened disproportionately to several minority groups in the city.
What’s worse however, is that while this was all happening, a UN peacekeeping force was minutes away from these attacks, and did absolutely nothing. They received calls for help, but stood their ground. It hasn’t been explained why the peacekeeping force didn’t do what is ostensibly their job, but perhaps they were too busy molesting the local children to help out.
And when the peacekeepers didn’t show up, the U.S. embassy was called. According to one aid worker who was interviewed by AP, “All of us were contacting whoever we could contact. The U.N., the U.S. embassy, contacting the specific battalions in the U.N., contacting specific departments.” The embassy responded by contacting South Sudan’s National Security Service and the presidential guard for help. Unfortunately, many of the victims of these attacks would later claim that it was the presidential guard that attacked them.
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