By Somini Sengupta
UNITED NATIONS — Two rivals for power in South Sudan are accused by the United Nations of not only drawing their people into one of the world’s most gruesome wars, but also subjecting the country’s women and girls to unspeakable horrors.
A report issued Friday singled out government forces loyal to President Salva Kiir for systematically using sexual violence to terrorize civilians, including what it called credible reports that soldiers were given license to rape in lieu of wages. Rebel forces loyal to his rival, Riek Machar, also committed atrocities against women, the report said, though not on the same scale.
So why are their wives being hosted in New York later this month by the very arm of the United Nations system devoted to promoting gender equity, known as U.N. Women?