US Condemns South Sudan Soldiers Who Raped and Killed Civilians

FILE - Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
FILE – Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

The United States has strongly condemned a targeted attack last month in which South Sudanese soldiers raped several foreign aid workers and murdered a journalist at a hotel in the capital, Juba.

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, called on officials in South Sudan to investigate the incident and hold those responsible for what she called the “cowardly and brutal assaults” accountable. She said the South Sudan government routinely allows troops to commit murder and sexual violence with impunity.

“Attacks against brave individuals attempting to help the people of South Sudan are attacks against humanity itself. All innocent civilians deserve protection,” she said in a statement.

“It is especially reprehensible that the perpetrators appear to have targeted those who came to South Sudan despite risks to their own personal safety to help the country and its people – thereby depriving the South Sudanese people of urgently needed assistance and compounding this man-made humanitarian crisis.” READ MORE OF THIS STORY

SOURCES: VOA News Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.