South Sudanese government has criticized a recent report by the Uganda Refugee Law Project which indicated that 4% of men and 20% of women refugees in South Sudan have been raped.
The report which was released this month attracted media attention, with the latest house to show interest being the BBC that invited the team for an interview.
While appearing on BBC Focus on Africa, the group said they reached their conclusion after having talked to South Sudanese male rape victims in refugee camps in Northern Uganda.
The Uganda Refugee Law Project is a non-governmental organisation that seeks to see that all people enjoy their human rights, irrespective of their legal status.
They Work to empower asylum seekers, refugees, deportees, IDPs and host communities in Uganda to enjoy their human rights and lead dignified lives, a mission that saw them visit refugee camps in Northern Uganda.
But according to South Sudan Presidential Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny, it is not possible that men were raped in the country’s struggles.
“Even how unreasonably our country is polarized, only a fool would accept the man was also raped in this conflict,” Ateny said.
The civil war broke out in South Sudan in December 2013 and over time, government and rebel soldiers have been accused by various human rights violations of rape and sexual abuse of women.
This is the first time reports of male rape have surfaced.