“We Did Not Believe We Would Survive”: Killings, Rape and Looting in Juba

Authored by: Amnesty International

Categories: Human Rights
Sub-Categories: Mass Atrocities, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Country: South Sudan
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2016
Citation: "We Did Not Believe We Would Survive": Killings, Rape and Looting in Juba. London, UK: Amnesty International, 2016.

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Executive Summary

Over four days in July 2016, government forces loyal to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, and opposition forces loyal to then-First Vice President Riek Machar, engaged in active combat in Juba. Hundreds were killed during the fighting, including numerous civilians. This report describes the serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law that took place. Government soldiers deliberately killed Nuer civilians and fired indiscriminately in civilian neighborhoods and around UN protection of civilians sites. Both during and after the fighting, government forces engaged in a massive campaign of looting. And over a roughly one-week period that began just after the fighting ended, government soldiers raped dozens of Nuer women, gang-raping many of them.