War-weary women to withhold sex
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.