A newly-arrived displaced woman holds a child as they sit in the UN base in Bentiu, South Sudan, June 29, 2015. (AP/Jason Patinkin)
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Rape reaches 'epic proportions' in South Sudan's civil warAfter months of being raped by her rebel captors in the middle of South Sudan's civil war, the young woman became pregnant. The slender 23-year-old is one of thousands of rape victims in South Sudan's three-year-old conflict, which has created one of the world's largest humanitarian crises.Seventy percent of women sheltering in U.N. camps in the capital, Juba, had been raped since the conflict began, according to a U.N. humanitarian survey conducted in December.Aid organizations blame it on the recent increase in fighting here between rebels and government troops, the latest shift of the war in an already devastated nation.According to a recent Inter-Agency assessment by international and local organizations focused on gender-based violence, 29 rape cases were reported in Mundri between August and October.Local organizations say the number is likely double that, but most incidents go unreported because of stigma surrounding rape.In September, two soldiers broke into her house and tried to assault her mother and 9-year-old child, she said.Since returning to the community, the 23-year-old rape victim has received psycho-social support from MAYA's staff and joined a women's empowerment group.
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