A new report by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), has revealed disturbing findings on the killing of civilians in Unity State, perpetrated by the South Sudanese government troops.

According to the report by the commission which monitors the country’s ceasefire, “About 50 people suffocated in a container on about October [last year]”. The 50 civilians were packed into a shipping container in sweltering heat.

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) forces were also reported to have ambushed a civilian vehicle in the Unity State, killing and wounding about 12 people.

There were several other incidences reported, which highlighted ceasefire violations meted out by both government troops and opposing on civilians.

The report, which was tabled at the African Union (AU) summit in Ethiopia also exposed disturbing findings of rape and murder in Unity State amongst other alleged violations.

The latest report corroborates the findings of a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), which also revealed allegations of rape and violence on women and girls in South Sudan’s conflict zones.

The HRW report documented testimonies, which revealed that women and girls have been raped as ‘wages’ for government-allied fighters in Bentiu, in a conflict between government forces and rebels.

Violence on civilians and the rape of women and girls in conflict zones continue to make headlines. While human rights groups have continued to expose these violations, it appears the violence on civilians continues as the warring sides continue to point fingers at each other over the violations.

Source: Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission report