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Over 100 killed in South Sudan cattle raid

Over 100 people have been killed in a cattle raid in South Sudan's Warrap state, a local information minister told UN radio, the latest atrocity in the war-torn nation. "We lost about 28 civilians" in a remote cattle herders' camp in the remote northern state, Warrap state Information Minister Bol Dhel told the UN-backed Miraya FM radio, adding that police and soldiers then chased the attackers, killing 85. "Some of them (the attackers) were recaptured on the swamp areas going to Unity State," Dhel added.

MSF issues stinging attack on 'shameful' UN in South Sudan

A leading international aid agency on Wednesday issued a stinging attack on the United Nations mission in South Sudan, accusing it of a "shameful attitude" and leaving thousands of displaced people living in squalor. Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders, MSF) said UN officials had left terrified civilians sheltering in a flood-prone part of a UN base "exposed to waterborne diseases and potential epidemics", even while acknowledging the camp was a "death trap".

Neighbour against neighbour: the grim reality of S.Sudan's conflict

The children living on a patch of dirt at a United Nations base in Rumbek, capital of South Sudan's Lakes state, sit quietly making mud figurines carrying huge guns, shielded from stone-throwers by a ring of trucks. Many like Mary Nyataba, from neighbouring Unity state and a member of the Nuer tribe, are too scared to leave the UN base as a political crisis between rival leaders turns increasingly tribal -- and is separating families.

Neighbour against neighbour: the grim reality of S.Sudan's conflict

The children living on a patch of dirt at a United Nations base in Rumbek, capital of South Sudan's Lakes state, sit quietly making mud figurines carrying huge guns, shielded from stone-throwers by a ring of trucks. Many like Mary Nyataba, from neighbouring Unity state and a member of the Nuer tribe, are too scared to leave the UN base as a political crisis between rival leaders turns increasingly tribal -- and is separating families.

South Sudan conflict deteriorating, Kenya warns

Violence in war-torn South Sudan is worsening, neighbouring Kenya's top security body warned Tuesday, condemning a "total disregard" by battling forces for a ceasefire deal it helped broker last month. Thousands have been killed and almost 900,000 forced from their homes by over two months of battles between rebel and government forces, backed by troops from neighbouring Uganda.

S.Sudan civilians reduced to scavengers on swamp islands

As the narrow dugout canoe glides softly across the vast swamplands around Nyal, a once sleepy town in South Sudan's Unity state, the only sound between the rhythmic plops of the paddle is silence. But earlier this month, the swamps were alive with the cracks of gunfire, the screams of the dying and the desperate splashes of those fleeing soldiers and armed youth that forced what local officials say is tens of thousands of people to maroon themselves on islands and scavenge for survival.

UN cites evidence of rebel abuses in S. Sudan

The UN Mission in South Sudan said Friday it had evidence that rebel forces had murdered civilians, including children, in the key oil hub of Malakal. South Sudan's army and rebels have traded accusations over new atrocities reported to have been committed during heavy fighting in Malakal, in defiance of a ceasefire signed in neighboring Ethiopia on January 23.

South Sudan soldiers head to frontline to fight rebels

Crackles of gunfire send hundreds of people fleeing in a stampede -- South Sudanese civilians, traumatised after escaping brutal fighting in which their relatives died, are still terrified of fresh attacks. But this time it is celebratory gunfire, as dozens of soldiers board a barge to cross the same White Nile river that tens of thousands of fleeing civilians crossed in the opposite direction. The troops are returning to the battle to retake the key town of Bor, the last major town in rebel hands after almost a month of heavy conflict.

UN says armed groups near South Sudan town

The United Nations Sunday reported armed groups had been spotted close to a key town in South Sudan, after the government said thousands advancing on the state capital had been convinced to return home. The UN has expressed concern over claims some 25,000 armed youths from the Nuer tribe allied to ex-vice president Riek Machar were readying to attack Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, amid international efforts to broker a ceasefire.

Many S.Sudan ex-VP's supporters 'halt advance' on key town

Thousands of young South Sudanese fighters loyal to ex-vice president Riek Machar have peeled away from an advance on a key town, the government said Sunday, but there was no immediate confirmation from Machar's supporters. As the UN voiced concern about the youths' mobilisation, government spokesman Michael Makuei told AFP "most of them have returned home". "According to our sources local Lou and Dau Nuer chiefs have convinced the youths," he said. "So it looks like things are calming down, unless" there is another mobilisation.
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