The nightmare in South Sudan is worse than anyone could have imagined. The United Nations has released a horrific report outlining almost unfathomable human rights violations and war crimes committed by government forces during South Sudan’s civil war. In statements from the U.N.’s human rights office, U.N. officials
The report contains harrowing accounts of civilians suspected of supporting the opposition, including children and the disabled, killed by being burned alive, suffocated in containers, shot, hanged from trees or cut to pieces … The scale and types of sexual violence—primarily by Government SPLA forces and affiliated militia—are described in searing, devastating detail, as is the almost casual, yet calculated, attitude of those slaughtering civilians and destroying property and livelihoods.
The investigation found that because the government was unable to pay many soldiers, they were instead allowed to rape victims—including countless children. Most of the violence was based on ethnicity. In one incident, 60 cattle ranchers were locked inside of a container in the scorching heat: Two days later, 58 of them were dead.
The war, which began in late 2013, has displaced more than 2 million people.