IRC concerned about the safety of women and girls fleeing South Kordofan
YIDA, South Sudan 05 Dec 2012 - The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is concerned about recent incidents of sexual violence reported by women and girls fleeing renewed conflict in Sudan’s South Kordofan state for the Yida refugee settlement in South Sudan. “We are concerned about the safety of women and girls fleeing conflict in South Kordofan and we are hearing reports of sexual assault while they are on the road to get here,” said Stephanie Puccetti, the IRC’s emergency women’s protection and empowerment manager in Yida. “The majority of the new arrivals in Yida are women and children. Many are exhausted and show signs of emotional distress following attacks and from having walked for days to reach the camp.” Even after they arrive in Yida, many women and girls remain at risk of sexual or other violence, Puccetti said.
The IRC has been one of the largest providers of aid in South Sudan for over 20 years. Today we provide more than 600,000 people in six states—Central, Eastern and Western Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Unity and Lakes—with vital services including health care, child survival programs, education, and sexual violence aid and prevention projects. For more information, visit http://www.rescue.org/irc-south-sudan-0.