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Ethnic fighting in Jonglei state, South Sudan, displaces Thousands of People

Reports from Jonglei state in South Sudan say continued fighting between Lou Nuer and Murle ethnic groups in Pibor county has forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes. The groups are armed and often raid each other for cattle and for grazing lands. Aid agencies in the area said most of the displaced people are now living in the bush. The agencies narrated on Sunday the stories of women and children who have spent days, weeks, and sometimes months, hiding in the bush, and who come out only to look for food. One woman who was carrying a child on her back said the living conditions are horrible, with people reduced to scavenging. She said there are no medicines to help the sick. The displaced people have also accused state security forces of violating human rights. Following the fighting between the two ethnic groups, the government of South Sudan deployed hundreds of troops in Pibor country to disarm the fighters. But some members of the security agencies resorted to rape, torture and murder of people including children, women and the elderly. The county commissioner of Pibor, Joshua Konyi, has appealed to the government to find a solution to the problem. He said the wounded and the dead are still scattered in the bush.


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