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Local news reports said her guests included Julia Akur of the South Sudan Women Lawyers’ Association; Bruna Iro, director of the Ivory Bank; Hannah Lona, deputy speaker of the state of Western Equatoria; and Paleki Obur of the South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network.

Rape is “widespread” and domestic violence “common” in South Sudan, according to the State Department’s latest human rights report.

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