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South Sudan Civilians Bear Brunt of Campaign Against Rebels

Southern Sudanese civilians are bearing the brunt of a campaign by the regional army against an ethnic Shilluk militia leader in Upper Nile state, according to local residents, a Human Rights Watch researcher and United Nations officials.

Clashes in villages around the state capital, Malakal, intensified last month between fighters loyal to Johnson Oliny and the army of Southern Sudan, in one of a series of conflicts that have overshadowed the oil-rich region’s preparations for independence in July. Fighting has killed at least 800 people this year and displaced 93,783 in the region, the UN said today.