South Sudan Used Starvation as a War Tactic - UN Report

South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 but descended into conflict roughly two-and-a-half years later following irreconcilable tensions between President Salva Kiir and his deputy, Riek Machar. The Commission on Human Rights in a new report said the brutal fighting caused incalculable suffering to civilians and resulted in staggering levels of acute food insecurity and malnutrition. The Commission Chair, Yasmin Sooka, said: "It is quite clear that both Government and opposition forces have deliberately used the starvation of civilians as a method of warfare and sometimes as an instrument to punish non-aligning communities, as in the case of Jonglei".

South Sudan Women receiving aid (file photo).

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