Men are tortured into eating each others flesh in South Sudan’s civil war

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By Bossip

Prayers up for the people of South Sudan as new reports reveal the horrors being enacted as part of a civil war between the Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups…

Mass graves have been discovered in South Sudan with evidence of horrific crimes against civilians including forced cannibalism, according to a report.

The shocking findings were revealed by the African Union Commission of Inquiry which had been tasked with investigating the civil war that has gripped the country for nearly two years.

The violence has left tens of thousands of people dead and the impoverished country split along ethnic lines – between the Dinka-led government and Nuer opposition.

More than two million people have fled their homes in a war marked by gang rapes and the use of child soldiers.

The government and rebels have repeatedly signed peace deals but the ceasefire has been broken numerous times.

There really has been no peace for this country and even the investigations into the horrors have had to be done independently because the country’s Dinka President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar (who is a Nuer) are so deep in the mess. Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has lead the investigation which discovered that the war began with a skirmish between members of the presidential guard followed by the government-organized killings of ethnic Nuer civilians and soldiers.

It’s also alleged that Machar attempted a coup.

The report found that hundreds of Nuer men had been rounded up by perpetrators who tortured their victims, including by forcing them to jump in fires or eat human flesh.

The report was scheduled for release months ago but its publication was delayed by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council.

It found that the killings were ‘an organized military operation that could not have been successful without concerted efforts from various actors in the military and government circles’.

The report added: ‘Roadblocks or checkpoints were established all around Juba and house to house searches were undertaken by security forces.

‘During this operation male Nuers were targeted, identified, killed on the spot or gathered in one place and killed.’

Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk described a shadowy ‘group (that had) organized itself as Rescue The President.

The group comprised some Dinka soldiers who had been mobilized following a 2012 border crisis with northern neighbor Sudan.

Some of these soldiers were moved south to Mr Kiir’s private farm near Juba in 2013 and later participated in the killings, the report said, citing interviews with informants.

Amid the Juba killings, Mr Machar fled the capital and mobilised an insurgency which committed revenge attacks against the Dinka, sparking a cycle of violence which also included rape and the murder of people in churches and hospitals, according to the report.

Mr Kiir and Mr Machar signed a peace agreement in August but fighting continues.

Crazy. We pray that the madness will come to an end before more lives are lost.

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