Exclusive: Satellite Images Show City Destroyed in South Sudan Conflict

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South Sudan’s Jan. 23 ceasefire was supposed to put an end to more than a month of violence that killed roughly 10,000 people, displaced more than 800,000 others, and threatened to unravel the fragile social fabric of a fledgling state that has been independent for just 31 months. The warring parties — the government of President Salva Kiir and rebel groups loosely arrayed behind sacked former vice president Riek Machar — agreed in neighboring Ethiopia to a truce. New rounds of talks were set to restore order to the world’s newest country.

But there is no peace in Malakal, a key city in an oil-producing region in the country’s northeast. The city has borne the brunt of violence that has persisted across the country, putting the fate of the truce in jeopardy. Last week – despite a ceasefire that both sides have been accused of violating – rebel forces attacked…

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2 thoughts on “Exclusive: Satellite Images Show City Destroyed in South Sudan Conflict”

  1. The IGAD mediators are wasting their resources of accommodating both rebels and the government delegations and this negiation is politically motivated by Westerners which can not resolve tension between the two factions.

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