article 1,500 South African women have been waiting months to obtain an abortion, despite a nationwide ban on the procedure.
A government study found that a total of 1,517 South Africans had an abortion in 2016, an increase of 17 per cent compared with the previous year.
The report also said there had been a total 3,086 abortions performed in South African hospitals.
The increase in abortions in South Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, was also more than the rate of births and deaths for the whole country.
The report said the overall number of abortions in the country is higher than the global average of 1.7 per 100,000 people, but that South Sudan was the only country where it is significantly higher.
“In 2017, we saw an increase in the number of terminations in South Kordofan compared to 2016, but the increase in South Khartong was much more pronounced,” Dr. John Ewert, head of the South Sudan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at South Sudan Medical University, told Al Jazeera.
Ewert said the rise in the numbers of terminators could be linked to the country’s ongoing war.
“The war is causing people to take up abortion,” he said.
In 2016, South Sudanese women and men were subjected to three rounds of military trials for abortion, but it is not clear how many of those cases resulted in convictions.
The country has one of the highest abortion rates in the world, with more than 4,500 abortions in 2016.
In South Sudan, however, abortion is banned and only allowed if a doctor has been granted the necessary approval from a local court.
Dr. Ewart said the war in South Ossetia and its associated economic crisis had also led to the rise of abortions.
“I don’t think the war has led to any increase in women having abortions in that country,” he told Al-Jazeera.
“But, in some areas, the situation is different, and we have seen a decline.”
Ewerton said South Sudan had been unable to achieve the minimum number of women who would obtain an elective abortion, which would allow them to avoid having a baby.
“We have a lot of women, who are in this situation, but are unable to obtain one,” he added.
The government has reported an increase since 2017 in the proportion of South Sudanis living in poverty, and it has said that the country needs to address the lack of basic services.
Ewanet Siyad, a spokesperson for South Sudan Women’s Rights Organisation (SSRO), told AlJazeera that the government was working to reduce the number and the proportion, and that some women in South Omera had gone to court for an abortion to seek compensation for the trauma of a botched procedure.
“Women are not able to travel to the US, they are not allowed to leave South Sudan.
So, if you are a South Sudan woman, if it’s a procedure that you are not prepared to undergo, it is going to be very difficult for you to obtain a procedure,” she said.”
And the government has to pay for this procedure.
The country is so poor.”
South Sudan is one of a number of countries in the Middle East where women are still not allowed access to abortion services.
The UN Population Fund estimates that more than two million women are at risk of contracting HIV in South and Central Sudan.