South Sudan signs new peace deal as women face growing threats of sexual violence

we’re following a potential historic peace deal in South Sudan the country’s president and former vice president who is now the main opposition leader have agreed to a permanent cease-fire South Sudan is the world’s newest country and it’s from Sudan in 2011 but has been engulfed in a devastating Civil War for nearly 5 years Bloodshed and violence have greatly impacted women living in the war-torn country they’re repeatedly violated and sexually assaulted especially in the conflict zones CBS News foreign correspondent Debora patta travel there last year and spoke with some of the women about their traumatic experiences and their will to survive inside this refugee camp stories of us speakable Hora are circulated in Whispers In hushed tones women television g********* repeatedly by government soldiers there is not enough future so the women must leave the camp to try and a few dollars selling as soon as these women leave these skates they become extremely vulnerable outside on soldiers Patrol up and down the road and pray on these women when they go deep into the forest to collect firewood did you on warm told her she was raped by three soldiers in my in just the hot to the famine area she and her children said the fighting for the camp and what she thought was a safe haven but a few weeks ago she was attacked and raped again when she was off collecting wood we were each raped by three or four soldiers for an African woman raped carries the stigma of shame that hard to be I wouldn’t be able to live again she said I am not thinking about life you all cool told us will sits at the front Gates of the camp until the sun sets their job is to identify rape victims there is a secret code can use it to go for confidential treatment while we were waiting at the camp gate one evening this woman told her she was attacked by soldiers she managed to escape but her friend was left behind to a terrible fate they told her to sit down and hit her with rifles she said it is a story that wouldn’t surprise any woman here everyone knows it happens but nobody wants to break cultural Silence by speaking out never Pat is with me now from Johannesburg South Africa Deborah these stories are truly difficult to hear but we have to hear them we have to know what’s what’s going on the stigma of rape how is sexual violence used as a weapon of war in this country and request worst situations of Human Rights abuses I’ve ever witnessed as a journalist and the best place for a woman to be in South Sudan is dead because living is so high and the things that happen to women they’re so so terrible and we just heard countless stories over and over again the tragic thing about South Sudan is that they were previously before they became independent was away from the war that was used against them now in their own country against each other they continue to have sexual offences and violence against women over and over again we heard stories of women who were raped they were racist pictures of safety they were raped when they lift faces of safety to collect firewood and even in refugee camps like the one that we visited invent you when we were not always say if they 65% of women in South Sudan TG cap we went to half of the woman they had been raped us staggering statistics it’s a first time in my time as a journalist as a foreign correspondent that we as a team of the women on the team would actually told it’s advisable that you bring a red kitchen and it’s basically antiretrovirals in the event that you too might be raped and I think that gives the same some just how grave the situation is there indeed and so I imagine there’s real no sort of option in terms of Justice I mean here you have a country that’s probably in chaos is there even a criminal justice system that could attempt to deal with what these women are going through that is exactly part of the United Nations both sides of the conflict as having being offended when you consider that there really is no political will to prosecute offenders of Ray physically win it is on the side of the government’s so frequently as you correctly pointed adjuster system in place it because they consumed by the Civil War better than golf the country for the past five years Bay City women on not getting just to say that the International Community at all will talk a little bit about this peace deal between the president and the former vice president to be negotiated why does this one seem to hold more promise any others I’m not sure I think that is exactly the point that this is a peace deal on paper Solitaire the president and his main rival opposition leader used to be the vice president Camacho mix in neighboring to dance with the presence of both you guys are in Sedona this piece till it’s pretty similar they also have agreed to rebuild the national army with both sides being in that Army much of the Civil War has splits along its neck lines with the Dinka the majority ethnic group in South Sudan support new are supporting Rick Michelle so they trying to do away with that that’s going to be extremely difficult there’s a lot of work to be done this is what that should have been done for seven years now since Independence but it’s taken a bath because of the country so what they’re going to have to do as well that could be a source of valuable income for the country in the future better than this is a peace deal on paper and the jury still out with us we’ll stick and become a piece still in spirit as well so they ask you about another they talked about before out of Sudan South Sudan Sudan Hussain she is the teenager that was jailed after killing her rapist husband she was forced to marry at the age of 16 he stabbed her husband to death as he attempted to rape her and she was facing the death penalty what’s going on with that case we’ll finally some good news and what is being a pretty bleak story today coming out of that pie the world which is that you correctly pointed out the neighbor to South Sudan South Sudan used to be part of Sudan was sentenced to death has been a mess of International Airport to get this child released from jail subject of this sentence commuted and turned away and what we finally know is that she still remains in jail sentence has been commuted we sold Global celebrity what’s an old getting behind this campaign is inside sedan also working tirelessly to free Noor Hussain to 5 years in jail campaigning for The Rock’s of child Rison to do away with that issue in Sudan and Marie out I mean we’ll some of the time and she’s already been serving apply to that 5 years I think that’s the hopes that it will apply so she could be off in a couple of years and maybe even get off Behavior earlier than that feel Sydney be at Ames to try and make that happen and Misty International feed Wally please at the date sentences no longer being implemented a very disappointed that she still in jail and it’s highlights the children need to go to school they should not be being married nor his saying herself that’s all she wants to do was to study and she’s committed herself to becoming a lawyer and studying for the rights of children in the future and you know there are many more Nora hussain’s out there and hopefully the International Community does not forget about them now that they won at least one victory in this case Debora patta from Johannesburg thank you so much
South Sudan’s president and opposition leader have signed a potentially historic new peace agreement after nearly 5 years of devastating civil war. This comes as sexual violence against women escalates in not only South Sudan but also in neighboring Sudan. That’s where teenager Noura Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging after she killed her rapist husband she was forced to marry. However, after global outrage over her case, Hussein will only face jail time. CBS News foreign correspondent Debora Patta takes us through the latest developments in these two countries.

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