Government officials in South Sudan are promising a probe into U.N. allegations that soldiers have been raping and killing girls during the country’s brutal civil war that’s been going on there for the last 18 months. Troops have been accused of gang raping and torturing young girls inside their homes and sometimes burning them alive, according to the U.N. report. A spokesperson for the South Sudan military denied that soldiers would take part in such grotesque abuses, but vowed that if the U.N. report is deemed accurate, those responsible would be punished. “Our army was created to protect our women and children, and ensure their safety and dignity,” the spokesperson said.
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