Rape is being used as a weapon in South Sudan’s civil war by combatants to terrorize and humiliate civilians. As tens of thousands of women flee across the border to Uganda, survivors are revealing their stories and receiving care for the first time. Some women believe that they were infected with HIV by their attackers. In Pulitzer Center-supported stories for The Lancet, Amanda Sperber and Adriane Ohanesian spent time with South Sudanese women in order to report on their experiences, diagnosis, treatment options, and recovery in Ugandan health care centers.
As refugees flee conflict in South Sudan, the burden of HIV grows, in part because of rampant sexual violence.
Health clinics in Ugandan refugee camps provide services to South Sudanese women who have survived sexual violence.