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War-weary women to withhold sex

AFP | 2014-10-24 00:36:58.0
Women displaced by the fighting wait to get clean water at a water point in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the United Nations (UN) base in Bentiu, Unity State, June 17, 2014. Around 39,000 people have found shelter in the UN base in Bentiu. About 1.5 million people have been displaced, including 378,000 who fled to neighbouring countries, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu (SOUTH SUDAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS SOCIETY)
Image by: ANDREEA CAMPEANU / Reuters

A group of South Sudanese women peace activists has suggested men in the country torn by civil war be denied sex until they stop fighting.

The suggestion emerged after about 90 women, including several members of South Sudan's parliament, met in the capital Juba this week, organisers said yesterday.

Other proposals included finding ways to meet the wives of President Salva Kiir and his arch-rival, rebel chief Riek Machar, to "ask them to join the search for peace by impressing upon their husbands to stop the war".

Thousands of people have been killed and almost 2million have fled the fighting between government troops, mutinous soldiers and tribal militia forces.

Tobias Atari Okori, from the government-backed South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission, said the idea highlighted that people were desperate for the war to end.

"People are experiencing great suffering, and it is the women, children and the aged who are suffering the worst."

The UN special envoy on sexual violence Zainab Bangura said the levels of rape were the worst she had ever seen.

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