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One year on people of South Sudan suffer as conflict continues

15 Dec 2014

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Children in South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Ilya Medvedev

The people of South Sudan are on Monday marking the first anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict in their country.

The war began on 15 December 2013 between government forces and fighters loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar who was sacked by President Salva Kiir in July of that year.

The conflict in South Sudan has forced around two million people to flee their homes.

100,000 have sought shelter at the bases of the UN Mission in the country (UNMISS).

Half a million of the displaced people are now refugees outside the country.

Peace talks mediated by a regional grouping have so far not succeeded in bringing an end to the conflict.

South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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