Tigray women suffer rape and ‘cruelty beyond comprehension’, says UN

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(Source: The National, By James Reinl) – 

Covid-19 has worsened levels of sexual attacks on women and girls across the world’s hotspots

Violence against women in war-torn parts of Ethiopia, Syria, Yemen, Myanmar and other global hotspots has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. AP 

Women and girls in northern Ethiopia’s turbulent Tigray region face worsening sexual attacks and “cruelty beyond comprehension”, a UN official said on Wednesday in talks on gender-based crimes in warzones.

Pramila Patten, the UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict, told diplomats that violence against women in war-torn parts of Ethiopia, Syria, Yemen, Myanmar and other global hotspots had worsened amid the coronavirus pandemic.

She made her comments during an address to the UN Security Council on her latest report, which described dozens of armed groups using mass rape and other forms of gender-based violence as a “cruel tactic of war” and a tool of political repression.

“In the remote, mountainous regions of north and central Tigray, women and girls are being subjected to sexual violence with a level of cruelty beyond comprehension,” Ms Patten told the virtual conference.

“Healthcare workers are documenting new cases of rape and gang rape daily, despite their fear of reprisals and attacks on the limited shelters and clinics still in operation.”

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