The study documented the
experiences of South Sudanese women in the two decades-long armed conflict from
1983-2005. The study covered Juba town in Central Equatorial state. The study
shows the devastating impact of conflict on the political, socio-economic and
cultural dynamics of South Sudanese women. They were subjected to the most
humiliating, brutal and traumatizing experiences. Apart from gang rape, often
in the presence of their children, and spouses, women’s vaginas were mutilated
with bayonets while young girls would have their external genitalia especially
the clitoris cutout. Experiences of such gruesome torture and humiliation often
resulted into mental breakdown and physical health problems.
The study reveals that the
prolonged civil armed conflict greatly impacted on the population with acute
poverty, poor health, persistent insecurity of persons and property,
displacement and congestion in the internally displaced people’s camps.