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.


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."


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

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