U.N. worried about sexual violence against South Sudan women, children

The United Nations this week expressed concern over the rise in sexual violence against women and children in South Sudan.

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed met with President Salva Kiir during a working visit to the country.

She said the U.N. delegation saw first-hand the challenges faced by those displaced by the nearly five-year-long conflict.

At one clinic in Juba, in the past eight months, more than 1,300 women and children have sought treatment for injuries and trauma caused by sexual violence.

“It is a horror story when you hear it. Let’s imagine when you have to go through that,”Amina said in a press briefing after her visit.

South Sudan has been at war since December 2013, sparked by a feud between President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar.

The two hasv however agreed on a power-sharing deal to end the conflict, which will see Machar take up the position of first vice president for a second time.