Women raped in Eastern Bahr Naam County
By Mabor Riak Magok
At least two women have reportedly been raped by suspected criminals who clashed with state government forces in Eastern Bahr Naam County on Saturday.
The two separate rape cases were reported on Monday morning in Neemthok and Adol of Aduel Eastern Bahr Naam County of Western Lakes State.
Speaking to Juba Monitor, Western Lakes State police spokesperson, Capt. Elijah Mabor Makuac confirmed the incidences, saying one of the victims is a pregnant woman and another a mother of six.
“All these criminals who have been causing us a problem are the ones who allegedly raped the two women. They attacked the villages and looted properties of the civilian and raped women,” said Capt. Elijah Mabor.
Mabor said the criminals were still at large and authorities in Eastern Bahr Naam County have launched investigations into the incidents.
“These are the same criminals who attacked the County headquarters, killing two soldiers, the same criminals reportedly raped women in the villages. Now this morning, the Minister for Local Government and law enforcement agencies has gone to visit the area.” said Elijah Mabor.
Capt. Elijah blamed the incidents to lack of cooperation between the local community and the state government authorities.
He said residents do not report crimes committed by the criminals.
“There is no cooperation between the local community and the state government but it is the same citizens who become the victims affected and later on cry of not being protected by the government,” Mabor said.
He urged the local community in Western Lakes State to cooperate and report criminals who are committing crimes by reporting them to the police.
“We assured our people that 75 percent of security responsibility belongs to the local community and only 25 percent is for the government,” said Capt. Elijah.
Civil Society Organization (CiSON) operating in Lakes region condemned the incidents.
“We will not relent, sit down and watch. While we are crying after the rape of our mothers, we need to ensure that justice take its own course in time,” said Daniel Laat Kon, a CiSON’s Communication Officer in the region.
He said no traditions or cultures in South Sudan support rape as he condemned the incidents.
Laat said, “It is our sole role and responsibility as a community to support our government in order to widely disseminate and sensitize the public on the applicable laws that regulate Sexual and Gender Based Violence.