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Vol 56 No 10

Published 15th May 2015

South Sudan

Revenge culture

Threats of sanctions and prosecution have done nothing to stop the rival combatants from a new round of attacks before the rainy season

A government offensive to dislodge the rebels from their Unity State stronghold before rains make roads impassable for its mechanised forces has triggered a mass exodus of civilians from south of Bentiu over the past month. The United Nations reports over 100,000 people fleeing the area in a single week. Fearing a repeat of the destruction wrought during a government attack in January last year, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Médecins sans frontières evacuated international staff before the expected onslaught, and some UN employees also left.

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