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Gogrial East man kills wife over sorghum

Gogrial East man kills wife over sorghum
A woman dries sorghum in South Sudan.

Police in Gogrial East County, Warrap State, have arrested a 50-year-old man accused of killing his wife on Sunday at their home at Langic village.

When Ring Majok returned home drunk that evening, he started a quarrel over sorghum.

The family had just harvested sorghum. As a routine, the grains are left outside to dry in the sun.

“He came home at 6:00PM and asked why she left the sorghum uncovered – allowing it to be rained on,” Col Madut Anei Mawien, county police inspector, told Mayardit FM.

In the heat of the moment, Ring grabbed a stick and hit Nyanut Deng Mawien on the neck with it.

“The farmer took a stick and hit the wife on neck. She died immediately,” he added.

The two had six children together, one of whom is two months old.

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Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most critical threats to the protection and wellbeing of women and children in South Sudan, according to UNICEF.

studies indicate that some 65 per cent of women and girls have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, and some 51 per cent have suffered intimate partner violence (IPV).

Some 33 per cent of women have experienced sexual violence from a non-partner, primarily during attacks or raids.