Civil War and Sexual Abuse: 2500 Male Refugees to receive psychosocial support

Homes of victims of the South Sudan civil war that were destroyed during the wave of the violence, Picture by Mude Emmanuel, 21st February 2021

By Okoth Arthur, Mega fm

A report by the Refuge Law Project, a nongovernmental organization, has revealed that over 2000 South Sudanese male refugees are being offered treatment and psycho-social support by the organization after being sexually abused when conflict broke out between forces loyal to the South Sudanese government and its opposition forces.

Fighting broke out between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and SPLM-IO first in December 2013 and again in July 2016 after parties failed to agree on power sharing and the secession of hostilities, igniting the civil war that left over 1.4 of the country’s population exiled.

According to the Refuge Law Project, victims had their private parts chopped off and others incurred anal damages. He reiterates that some of the male victims were forced to have sex with animals and their genitals tied and suspended by a rope tied to a heavy object.

Most right activist seek to empower the rights of women and girls who are victims of sexual assault from the 2016 wave of violence in the youngest African nation ignoring the male sex. Something at one point couldn’t curb domestic violence due to the unattended traumatic stress disorder in the masculine.

David Onen Ongwech believes offering psychosocial support and treatments for male victims of sexual harassment could improve their social wellbeing.

According to the Project manager, the organization has enrolled for treatment 2500 victims aged between 25-50 years in the past three years.