September 3, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL

(JUBA) – Foreign victims of the Terrain hotel incident that took place in Juba in July 2016 have rejected the financial compensation awarded last year, an army official said.

Each of the five female aid workers was to be given $4,000 as compensation while the family of the slain South Sudanese journalist was to get 51 cattle.

On 11 July, South Sudanese troops, fresh from winning a battle with opposition forces in the capital, Juba, went on a nearly four-hour rampage through a residential compound popular with foreigners, in one of the worst targeted attacks on aid workers in South Sudan’s then three-year civil war.

They shot dead a local journalist while forcing the foreigners to watch, raped several foreign women, singled out Americans, beat and robbed people and carried out mock executions, several witnesses told the Associated Press.

In September last year, a military court sentenced 10 soldiers to prison for the rape of at least five international women and the murder of a local journalist in an attack on the Terrain hotel, and ordered the government to pay compensation to all the victims.

Each of the five female aid workers was to be given $4,000 as compensation while the family of the slain South Sudanese journalist was to get 51 cattle.

The hotel owner, according to the military court, would receive $2.2 million in compensation for the destruction of his property.

South Sudan army spokesperson, Major General Lul Ruai Koang said foreign victims rejected the financial compensation, saying it cannot be compared to the amount of psychological loss and treatment costs incurred.

He said the victims of the hotel attack wanted $200.5 million in compensation for the losses, but the court decided to award $4,000.

Koang, however, said the government would still look into the victims’ demands, besides the compensation for the slain journalist’s family.

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