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Rape stands out starkly in S. Sudan war known for brutality

Many people are forced to sleep outside due to over crowding in Bentiu IDP camp, South Sudan Friday, July 4, 2014. Photo:  Matthew Abbot/AP

Every day, hundreds of women living at the United Nations base in Bentiu risk rape so they can feed their children.

Some 40,000 people shelter here from South Sudan‘s civil war, and there is not enough food or charcoal. The women of this camp have taken on the job of foraging for firewood and vegetables outside the perimeter – since men in the camp have been shot on sight by lurking local soldiers who suspect them of being militants.

But leaving the compound means the women walk into the same zone of conflict. While some UN workers are pushing to get simple food and firewood delivered, they also point out that donor aid is lagging.

“They can rape me or kill me,” says ‘Anne,’ who sells home-brewed alcohol to the soldiers outside, earning about $5 each time that she uses to buy milk and soup packets for her three children.  “But my children don’t have good food to eat so I have to go out.”  Read more…

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Five years in a Kenyan IDP camp

A woman in front of her tent in Shalom Camp.  She was displaced five years ago during the post election violence.
A woman in front of her tent in Shalom Camp. She was displaced five years ago during the post election violence.  Photo by Jason Patinkin

On Christmas afternoon in a Kenyan refugee camp, Allan Njenga Nderito’s cell phone rang.  It was his teenage daughter, celebrating with relatives in a nearby city, but Nderito ignored the call.  He knew she’d ask him why he couldn’t join her and her three siblings, and he couldn’t bear explaining to his children that he didn’t have the money to be with them on Christmas. Continue reading Five years in a Kenyan IDP camp