Children massacred in South Sudan’s Unity State: UN

New York/Juba, November 7, 2015 (SSNA) — The United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has on Friday released a report, saying scores of children were massacred in the ‘northern battleground state of Unity’.

The report says the war resulted in “grave consequences for civilians” in Leer County of the oil-rich Unity State.

The report explicitly points out that Unity State, the home state of rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar, as the place where civilians suffer greatly and that 40,000 civilians are now starving to death due to the escalation of the war.

The report added that many cases of rape have been documented and that rape was used as weapon of war.

Last month, Protection Cluster, the umbrella agency for 60 South Sudanese and international aid organizations said it received of killings of at least 80 civilians in Unity State and that 57 of those killed were children; adding that 29 of the 57 children drowned after they tried to hide from attacks.

The humanitarian agencies added that the attacks which resulted in the death of civilians were carried out between the 4th of October and October 22.

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