In Summary
  • Rival pastoralist communities in South Sudan have a long and bloody history of tit-for-tat raids in which cattle are rustled and property looted, and women are commonly raped and children abducted, adding fuel to revenge attacks.

JUBA

Fifty people were killed in raids by a tribal militia in eastern South Sudan, a local official said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of attacks between rival communities.

Dut Achuek, a state minister, said eight people died in an attack on Monday in Jonglei state, while a follow-up raid on Tuesday left "23 women killed and... 19 men killed."

RAIDS

Most of the victims were civilians whose homes were burned and livestock stolen, Achuek said.

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