“Only a fool would believe men have been raped in South Sudan war,” says Ateny Wek

Ateny Wek

According to a research carried out by the Uganda Refugee Law Project released this month, 4% of men and 20% of women refugees in South Sudan have been raped.

The researchers who were interviewed by BBC focus on Africa claimed to have talked to South Sudanese male rape victims in South Sudanese refugee camps in Northern Uganda.

In his response, President Salva Kiir’s press secretary Ateny Wek Ateny has blasted the report saying only a ‘fool’ would believe such claims.

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“Even how unreasonably our country is polarized, a fool would accept the man was also raped in this conflict,” Ateny said.

Throughout South Sudan’s civil war, government and rebel soldiers have been accused by various human rights organisations of rape or sexual abuse of women. This is the first time reports of male rape have surfaced.