South Sudan Police Recruits Face Torture And Sexual Assault

02/24/2011 05:25 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The medic said patients started coming in by the dozens, and never stopped.

The symptoms were similar, he said -- acute stomach pains, bloody noses, diarrhea, high fevers, bruising. One came in shot in the leg. Many healed, but many others died. Two he remembers vividly. They had come in a few days before, complaining of nagging pains, but otherwise in decent spirits.

"I saw them through the window when they were being carried away," the medic said, speaking anonymously for fear of reprisals.

The stream of patients he saw at Juba Teaching Hospital, the primary hospital in southern Sudan, were not everyday civilian cases. They were police recruits. And they were not coming from battle. They were coming from initiation.

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